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Pulau Bunting Bridge, Kedah

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Pulau Bunting Bridge, KedahPulau Bunting Bridge, Kedah (25 July, 2015)


Pulau Bunting Bridge (GPS: 5.87875, 100.3456) or Jambatan Pulau Bunting connects the island of Pulau Bunting to Yan District in mainland Kedah. The bridge was constructed between 2002 and 2005. It crosses a sea channel known as Selat Kepala Rambut. It is 2.3 km in total length, comprising a 100-meter causeway at Pulau Bunting connected to a 1.8 km bridge and a 400-meter causeway on the mainland. The most attractive portion is the 80-meter arch cable-stayed bridge.

Although completed, the Pulau Bunting Bridge remains unused today, and Pulau Bunting itself is also not developed. I learned that the Federal Government had wanted a company to build an independent power plant on Pulau Bunting, but somehow the plan never materialize, probably because the Federal Government lost Kedah in the 2008 General Elections.1

Nevertheless, for the sake of tourism, I am describing it here so that, if you are curious enough, you make make a trip to Yan District and have a look at it. Also, now (as of 2015) that the Federal Government is back in power in Kedah, perhaps they should continue with what they had started back then, rather than abandoning it mid way. It is my earnest hope that the bridge will be revived one day, and a lot of people will get to admire it.

Pulau Bunting Bridge, KedahPulau Bunting Bridge, viewed towards Pulau Bunting (25 July, 2015)


Pulau Bunting Bridge, KedahMidspan of the Pulau Bunting Bridge (25 July, 2015)


Pulau Bunting Bridge, KedahView from the bridge towards Pulau Bunting (25 July, 2015)


Pulau Bunting Bridge, KedahPulau Bunting Bridge towards the Kedah mainland (25 July, 2015)


Pulau Bunting Bridge, KedahPulau Bunting Bridge towards the Kedah mainland (25 July, 2015)


Pulau Bunting with its bridge, as seen from Gunung JeraiPulau Bunting with its bridge, as seen from Gunung Jerai (25 July, 2015)

References

  1. The Star (5 June, 2012): Taking on new life white elephant bridge to island is now an angler's haven
  2. Gamuda website: Pulau Bunting Bridge

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