The Bridges of Putrajaya

In conjunction with the upcoming Malaysia Day on 16 September, let’s take a closer look at Putrajaya, the country’s administrative seat. Join us as we zoom in on the city’s most iconic architectural jewels: its bridges.

 

 

Putrajaya is the administrative capital of Malaysia. This means that most of the Federal Government’s offices are situated in the city. All functions and day-to-day running of federal affairs take place at the sprawling magnificent buildings in the city.


Built from 1995 to 1999, the city was declared as Malaysia’s third Federal Territory in 2001 by Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad.


Visitors to Putrajaya would have seen and crossed at least a few of its spectacular bridges. These bridges are uniquely designed to add to the city’s aesthetic appeal and dynamism.

 

There are eight functioning bridges in Putrajaya. The following are details of each bridge:

 


Putrajaya

Putra Bridge


 

Putra Bridge

Total length: 435 metres


The design of this bridge is similar to the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran. Putra Bridge connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Putra Square with the Boulevard. It was constructed in 1997.


The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard. Besides providing the link between Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 on the Core Island, it has been designed to be a special feature of Putrajaya. The piers also accommodate fine dining restaurants within the main pillar supports.

 

 

 

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Total length: 240 metres

 

This futuristic asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a forward-inclined pylon has a sailing ship appearance, accented at night with changeable colour lighting. The bridge, also called Bridge No 9,crosses Putrajaya Lake, an artificial lake made to provide natural cooling. It connects Precinct 2 on the Core Island, where the main government buildings are located, to the residential area of Precinct 8 and Precinct 9.

 


Putrajaya

Seri Wawasan Bridge


 

Seri Setia Bridge

Total length: Eight equal spans of 30 metres each


The Seri Setia Bridge is located in the southeastern corner of Putrajaya, providing a vital link between Precinct 19 and the Commercial Precinct. Made up of eight equal spans of 30 metres each, the bridge has lancet-arch designs on its railing that complement the fascia panels on its side.


Other features include planter boxes on the medians, railings with architectural features and illuminations with decorative lighting.

 

 


Seri Gemilang Bridge

Total length: 240 metres

 

The Seri Gemilang Bridge is a ceremonial bridge and connects Heritage Square with Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). It has an elegant design comprising mini towers at intervals and corners, and the lights make it a breathtaking sight at night.

 

 

 

PutrajayaSeri Perdana Bridge 


 

Seri Saujana Bridge

Total length: 300 metres

 

The bridge's design is a unique combination of a symmetric cable-stayed structure and a through-arch bridge; the through-arch bridge portion is reminiscent of a slender version of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Also called Bridge No 8, it crosses Putrajaya Lake, an artificial lake made to provide natural cooling, and connects the Core Island (Precinct 4) to Precinct 7 on Lebuh Sentosa highway.

 


Seri Bakti Bridge

Total length: 270 metres

 

The Seri Bakti Bridge links the secondary road to Seri Satria, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Residence, connecting the Government Precinct in the north to Precinct 16 in the south.

The concept design was developed from several shorter spans, with a precast pretension ‘Super-T’ beam slab deck with spans up to 35 metres. There are dual two-lane carriageways, walkways and cycle tracks.

 



Putrajaya

Seri Saujana Bridge


 

Seri Bestari Bridge

Total length: 152.6 metres

 

Located at the northeast side of Putrajaya, Seri Bestari Bridge connects the Core Island to Taman Warisan Pertanian in Precinct 16. This concrete arch system also has two-lane carriageways as well as walkways and cycle tracks.

 

 

 

Seri Perdana Bridge

Total length: 370 metres

 

The design of this bridge is based on royal Islamic architectural design. This bridge contains eight unique balconies for visitors to enjoy the panoramic sights of the surrounding lake area.

Seri Perdana Bridge is made up of seven central spans of 75 metres and two end spans of 55 metres. There are two separate carriageways over two twin cell box girders. In the cross section, the overall width between extreme ends of two box girder is 23 metres. The foot path is flanked by railing and the road’s median is lined by decorative street lighting.

 

 

 

(Information sourced and adapted from Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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