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The Works Ministry is willing to evaluate the proposal of a third bridge linking Penang and the mainland, but requires the state government to furnish it with the necessary documentation before it can do so.

In a report by The Star, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said, “the Works Ministry commits to a fair evaluation to the third bridge proposal and we seek the cooperation of the Penang government to share with us all the relevant documentation.”

Currently, the state government is considering building a 6.5 km-long undersea tunnel linking the island state to the mainland. It has already sunk in RM305 million for the project’s feasibility study, detailed design and environmental impact assessment.

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“The Penang government had recently said that these studies are already complete or almost complete and that much of the study can be re-used if the tunnel is changed to a bridge. If that is the case, submitting these documents to us would assist us in our decision-making,” said Fadillah.

Fadillah said that it was against standard protocol for the federal government to approve a multi-billion ringgit project with only a single piece of documentation with the application. In the case of a third bridge, further documents will also be required, including studies on the traffic dispersal flow in the federal and state road network, as well as the impact of the bridge on shipping and aircraft operations.

Should the Penang government build an undersea tunnel a third bridge to link the state to the mainland? Which do you think is more effective to help improve traffic flow in and out of the island?