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Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing Bridge

Malaysia and Singapore are separated by an approximately 2-km-wide strait known as the “Johor Straits”. In 1928, during the British colonial period, a road and rail causeway was constructed across this strait.

Until the construction of the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing Bridge, the causeway was the only means of transit between Malaysia and Singapore. This caused massive, chronic, day-long traffic jams as the volume of traffic between the two fast-developing countries grew. This bridge was designed as a binational highway project, linking an economic development zone in southwest Malaysia with an industrial district in western Singapore to relieve congestion on the causeway and promote development in nearby areas.

Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing Bridge
Year completed: 1997
Structure: Girder bridge
Length: 1,734.4 m
Effective width: 13.5 m x 2 (inbound and outbound)

Staff Comments

Constructing a bridge across international borders in the Johor Straits required advanced technologies and global management capabilities. I believe the ability to complete this bridge despite the difficulties in pile-driving in this area's complex folding terrain, unmatched in Asia for its challenging conditions, in the brief period of 36 months was attributable to Shimizu's wealth of experience. Such experience and expertise, accumulated through previous construction projects throughout Malaysia—including bridges and highways—as well as its international network, enabled it to triumph in this area. In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project contributed significantly to technology transfers, including on-the-job training in practical construction techniques for more than 50 young Malaysian engineers. The young engineers trained in this project are now active across a wide range of fields.

The sight of the completed bridge and its use by large numbers of people makes me feel both proud and privileged to be a civil engineer. In today's increasingly borderless world, I also see it as a part of the Shimizu mission to provide optimum technologies at phases ranging from facilities planning through construction, meanwhile taking into account different cultures, religions, customs, and natural conditions and to transfer such technologies.

Laying the bridge foundations

Side view


Balanced cantilever erection using a large-scale form traveler

Transport of segments

Installing an erection girder

Location of the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing Bridge

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