The increasing traffic demand, coupled by the over utilization of the current Penang Bridge has made the call for another bridge connecting mainland Penang (via Batu Kawan) with the island (via Batu Maung). For this purpose, the Malaysian Government, under the 9th Malaysian Plan has commissioned UEM Builders Sdn. Bhd. to construct a 23 km long second bridge for Penang. The proposed bridge will be the longest bridge in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. When fully operational, the new bridge should alleviate the problem of traffic congestion on the existing 21-year-old Penang Bridge, which links Prai and Gelugor.
Apart from the physical construction of the second bridge, the project will also involve in the construction of highway corridor, observation platform, interchanges, toll plazas, rest and service areas, emergency telephone system, reclamation works for the proposed coastal expressway, and coastal expressway on the reclaimed land. The Environmental Section of DNA was appointed as the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and impact assessor of the EIA team as required by existing Malaysian law.