The two-kilometer long bridge spanning 80% of Malaysian waters enabled us to ascend a new learning curve and acquire expertise and experience in managing a project which involved deepwater bridge construction across the Johor Straits. Apart from the six-lane bridge, the Malaysian side of the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing (MSSC) project included the construction of a 44-kilometer expressway, Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex, toll plazas and other ancillary facilities.
The MSSC bridge links Tanjung Kupang in Johor with Tuas in Singapore. Construction of the superstructure involved two innovated and distinct methods, the insitu balance method for the main span and pre-cast segmental method for the approach viaduct, both of which were, at the time, unique to the region.
Consisting of 24 spans over water and with a maximum vertical navigational clearance of 25 metres, catering to large ships plying the Johor Straits, the MSSC stands on record as the widest bridge constructed in Malaysia to date, accommodating a dual three-lane carriageway, 44 kilometres of expressway link to the NSE, Senai Airport and Johor Bahru.
After a three-year construction period, the last unit of the 840 pre-cast segments of the MSSC were put in place on 9 July 1997 and another physical link was established between Malaysia and Singapore. Opened to traffic on 2 January 1998, the MSSC is designed for the future, catering for a projected traffic flow up to the year 2020.