Bridges of Malaysia
Bridges are an important element in establishing communication links between towns and cities that are separated by difficult terrain 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 or bridges over the centuries has evolved from simple wooden structures to sophisticated steel and concrete bridges. Among the most advanced engineered bridge 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 Sungei Muda, the longest river in Kedah, the bridge serves a major link for transportation of goods and people. The river also marks the border between Penang and Kedah. Sungei 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 provides a communication link for the growth of the tin mining industry and the development of the mining towns in the Malayan Peninsula. With the opening of this bridge, the whole of the west coast from Perai to Johor Bahru was linked by rail.
Kota Bridge, Klang
The city of Klang is divided by the Klang River and was linked by the Brickfield Bridge 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.
Sungei Segamat Bridge, Johor
This bridge was built in 1933 to provide means of transportation to the Segamat district as an initiative by the government to develop the district for its agricultural adtivities and to boost its economy. The Sungei Segamat Bridge is a Steel Pratt Girder Type bridge with a length of 00.43 metres. It provides a railway crossing over the Segamat River.