Published: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 6:04:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 11:02:25 PM
Faulty metal plate joint causes massive traffic jam on Penang Bridge
By TAN SIN CHOW
GEORGE TOWN: A metal plate covering the expansion joint on the Penang Bridge became detached causing a massive traffic jam on the island-bound route on Tuesday.
Motorists were caught in a bumper-to-bumper traffic stretching over eight kilometers heading to George Town after the metal plate came off between the 6.5km and 6.7km stretch.
Workers have been carrying out remedial work at the middle lane of the three-lane route.
Penang Public Works, Utilities, and Transport Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the metal plate became detected at about 10.37am.
He assured motorists that there was no structural defect to the bridge.
Operations officer at the North-South Expressway Traffic Control Centre, Amran Ahmad, told Bernama they were waiting for further reports from the contractor.
“We are forced to close the middle section of one of the lanes,” he added.
He advised motorists to plan their journey by taking alternative routes to avoid being trapped in the traffic congestion on the bridge.
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