The highway master plan outlines strategic traffic bypasses to cater for the rising number of vehicles on the road, particularly with foreseeable major developments taking place and to provide long-term relief from congestion.
The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (LCE) Expressway is the only key north-south highway on Penang Island. However, it has outgrown its intended design capacity and has become severely congested.
The LCE needs to cater for additional traffic demand from newly constructed infrastructure such as the Second Penang Bridge, the planned airport and industrial zone expansions, as well as simultaneous developments on the eastern coast.
Without long-term intervention measures, conditions on the LCE will continue to deteriorate, and so too will the future growth and liveability of Penang.