One of the Langkawi main tourist attractions, the Langkawi Sky Bridge, which has been closed since 2012 for maintenance and upgrading, is expected to reopen in December 2014.
According to Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli, due to bad weather conditions in the area, the reopening of the sky bridge has been delayed. The sky bridge’s main structure is supposed to be replaced with stainless steel and a 10-meter long, glass walkway is being built in the middle to enable the visitors to experience the beauty and a view of the suspended bridge. The upgrade is expected to cost the authority about RM16 million.
The suspended sky bridge was built on top of the Machinchang Mountain and completed in 2004. Suspended from an 82 meter high pylon, the bridge hangs about 100 meters above the ground and is 700 meters above sea level. The sky bridge is accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car.
Swaying over a vast jungle, the sky bridge gives tourists the opportunity to view and experience the beauty of the landscapes which were otherwise almost impossible. The beauty of the Langkawi Sky Bridge is that with every step forward, the perception of the landscape shifts, as if on a slideshow of beautiful sceneries. The views from the top include the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and the rainforest and from the observatory deck, led by a flight of stairs, the Tarutao Island in Thailand can also be seen. The most remarkable part of the Sky Bridge is the end of the bridge that extends from Mount Mat Cincang to a neighboring mountain, giving the most magnificent and breathtaking views to the visitors.
At a length of 125 meters, the sky bridge is the world’s longest curve suspension bridge, hence, the construction and positioning of the bridge was not an easy task. The structural balancing, optimal mass management, pre-manufacturing of the bridge and on-site connection with the pylon were a few of the precarious rudiments that had to be taken into consideration before the installation of the bridge. Once all these elements were on point, the structure was then lifted and fitted via helicopter with perfect precision and expertise.
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