The Penang bridge will be subject to lane closures and diversions over a one-year period beginning August 22 to facilitate bridge inspection and maintenance works. The decision was part of a procedure to ensure the bridge remains stable and safe, said PLUS chief executive officer Mohammad Fuad Khusairi.

“The cable structure must be checked thoroughly on a regular basis for any signs of damage as the bridge cables are exposed to rain, heat and vibrations,” he said. One lane from the island to the mainland will be closed for the first six months, and subsequently one lane from in the opposite direction – from Seberang Perai to Penang Island – will be closed for the following six months.

During peak hours, traffic diversion plans will be issued to help ease congestion. “We also advise Penang Bridge users to get the latest traffic information via the PLUS Mobile app, its Twitter account @plustrafik or traffic apps such as Waze and Google Maps,” Mohammad Fuad said.