Bridges of Malaysia
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Bridges of Malaysia
Bridges are an important element in establishing
communication links between towns and cities that are separated by
difficult terrains or rivers. The role of bridges has been important
in the economic and social development of Malaysia enabling
transportation links in moving people and goods.
The building of bridges over the centuries has
evolved from simple wooden structures to sophisticated steel and
concrete bridges. Among the most advanced engineered bridge during
its time was the Victoria Bridge, Perak built in 1897.
This series showcase these innovative bridges up to
the time of Malaysia's independence in 1957. This collection of
historical structures that have played a major role in the growth of
industries like tin mining, rubber and the overall economy of the
nation are given due recognition.
Merdeka Bridge, Kedah
The Merdeka Bridge, built in 1955, was officially
launched in 1957, the year Malaya achieved independence. Spanning
the Sungai Muda, the longest river in Kedah, the bridge serves as a
major link for transportation of goods and people. The river also
marks the border between Penang and Kedah. Sungai Muda also provides
water for consumption and irrigation of rice fields to Penang's
province of Seberang Perai. This concrete truss girder bridge was
designed and built by the Malaysian Public Works Department.
Victoria Bridge, Perak
The oldest railway bridge in Malaya is the Victoria
Bridge in Karai, Perak. Built in 1897, it was the most advanced
bridge in terms of its engineering in the Far East at that time.
This bridge provided a communication link for the growth of the tin
mining industry and the development of the mining towns in the
Malayan Peninsular. With the opening of this bridge, the whole of
the west coast from Perai to Johor Bahru was linked by rail.
Jambatan Kota, Klang
The city of Klang is divided by the Klang River and
was linked by the Brickfield Bridge built in 1907. It was destroyed
in 1941 during World War II, resulting in great difficulty in
transportation and communication, especially for goods transported
from Klang Port to other cities. In 1958 a double decker bridge was
constructed, the first such bridge in Malaya, with a pedestrian
walkway at the lower half. This double decker truss girder bridge
was named the Kota Bridge (Jambatan Kota).
Sungai Segamat Bridge, Johor
This bridge was build in 1933, to provide means of
transportation to the Segamat district as an initiative by the
government to develop the district for its agricultural activities
and to boost its economy. The Sungai Segamat Bridge is a Steel Pratt
Girder Bridge type with the length of 99.43 meters. It provides
railway crossing over the Segamat River.
|Date of Issue
||28 February 2008
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