Day 325/365 of Steel – Langkawi Sky Bridge

Langkawi sky bridge inaugurated on February 27, 2005.

Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia, completed in 2005. The bridge deck is 660 m above sea level on Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
Fig 1: Langkawi Sky Bridge
Photo: flickr / Flickr user “The Dilly Lama”

The curved cable-stayed bridge is 125 meters long and nominally 1.8 m wide, in five 25 m  sections. It has steel railings as well as steel wire meshes on both sides of the bridge. It was designed by Peter Wyss as a curved walkway to maximize the viewing experience, providing shifting perspective as a visitor walks along the bridge.

The walkway is formed of steel and concrete panels set on top of an inverted triangular truss. The curved bridge deck is suspended by four pairs of front-stay cables, connected to outrigger hanging points located at the ends of the three curved sections, in a semi-fan array from the top of an 81.5 m high single pylon.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
Fig 2: Langkawi Sky Bridge
Photo: Dylan Walters

The bridge was pre-fabricated in segments and lifted to the top of the mountain using helicopters. The entire bridge was then assembled in its current position beside the pylon.

 In July 2012, the bridge was closed for maintenance, upgrading and structural strengthening. The whole structure would be of stainless steel, and when it is finished, it would have sections of glass walkway in the wider central curved section so that visitors may look down the valley from where they stand.

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Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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