Prai River Bridge
An iconic modern infrastructure visible for miles
This is one of the few striking monuments in mainland Seberang Perai instantly noticeable from across the channel, all the way from Penang island. Flashing sleekly with its commanding pylons high above the remains of a century-old railway depot, a derelict historic post office building and the ruins of the old Prai Market, this flyover may well symbolise modern aspirations streaking over the residues of the past.
The Prai River Bridge is thus called as it is built to cross the river to connect Prai to the Butterworth side. Completed in 2006 as part of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road it is a cable-stayed bridge with semi-fan system.
The distinctive feature of the 1.85km long Prai River Bridge is in the twin 40-meter tall concrete pylons for the cables. On each pylon there are 14 pairs of stay cables. It certainly lends a picturesque infrastructure setting above the traditional port, railway and factory environment of Prai.
Near the foot of the bridge is Giant Hypermarket Prima Prai.