Plans are being made for a new link to connect Malaysia’s Penang Island with the Malaysian mainland. The Consortium Zenith Construction (CZC) won the tender process for the US$1.56 billion Penang Roads and Tunnels project, an integrated infrastructure plan that includes the new undersea tunnel.
There are suggestions that a bridge would be a feasible alternative, although the tunnel link looks most likely for the project. The feasibility study for the tunnel should be complete in September 2018. Should the tunnel project get the go ahead, it would be ready to use by 2023 if the intended schedule is met.
This will be the largest privately funded public works project in Penang and is intended to help tackle congestion and reduce delays for drivers. The project is being managed jointly by CZC and the Penang State Government. And the project will also allow for the addition of the Penang LRT infrastructure in the future.