GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Bridge has been reopened to vehicles heading to the mainland after a fire brought traffic to a standstill.
Since 6pm Monday (Feb 22), there was massive traffic congestion on the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway heading to the Penang Bridge.
The bridge was reopened at around 9.30pm Monday for traffic heading to the mainland.
All road users who need to get to the mainland were directed towards the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge instead.
According to a Penang Fire and Rescue Department officer, only one lane is currently open for users on the Penang Bridge.
According to a Malaysian Highway Authority twitter post at 5.05pm Monday, the right lane of the bridge was blocked due to TNB power cables underneath the bridge catching fire.
TNB, meanwhile, confirmed there was a fire at KM3.2 of the Penang Bridge involving a 132kV cable from the Main Entrance Substation (PMU) in Bukit Tengah to Bayan Mutiara.
“The fire was detected at around 4pm and the cause is still under investigation,” said TNB chief grid officer Datuk Husaini Husin.
Husaini added that TNB is working closely with the police, the Fire and Rescue Department and PLUS Malaysia Bhd to control the fire to enable the flow of traffic on the bridge to return smoothly.
"We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this incident.
“TNB's electricity supply to all consumers in Penang is still stable and the process of repairing the damaged cable will be carried out immediately.
“The public is advised to call the TNB Careline at 15454 for updates," he said.
In September 2010, a similar incident happened where three power cables caught fire on the bridge, resulting in a brief power disruption on the island, especially in the Bayan Lepas area.
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