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The massive traffic jam near the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone.
A map from Waze shows the traffic situation at 9am.

GEORGE TOWN: Several road closures have paralysed traffic in the south of Penang island, following road closures near the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone (FIZ).

The traffic was reported to have started as early as 6.30am, with some factories reporting 3/4 of their workforce were late for work today.

Fuming road users took to social networks saying to vent their frustration, with some saying they had spent nearly three hours on the road.

Many were also reported to have missed their flights.

According to navigation app Waze, nearly all parts of Bayan Baru, Bukit Jambul and roads leading to the Penang International Airport are in a gridlock.

The spillover traffic has spread to other arterial roads as well.

The jams are due to the construction of the Bayan Lepas Expressway from the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Bridge.

The construction required a partial closure of the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway — between Hilir Sungai Keluang 1 and the Lebuhraya Kampung Jawa intersection.

It will be closed to traffic for six months, from Jul 7 to Jan 31.

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