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SRDC briefed on Pan Borneo Highway progress

Thursday, 7 December 2017, Kuching: A meeting with Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) was held this morning to brief the council members on the latest progress of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak construction.

Such meetings are important and effective platforms used to inform local authorities on progress of constructing the Highway and on clarifying traffic issues that involve road-users and members of the public.

The meeting was chaired by council chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai. The members were highlighted on the progress made at Bintangor Junction to Julau Junction and Sibu Airport to Sungai Kua Bridge (BSK) and Sungai Kua Bridge to Sungai Arip Bridge (SKB) – areas which fall under its jurisdiction.

Among the issues raised during the meeting were the possibility of redesigning certain stretches with sharp bend corners, as well as repair of potholes along the Sibu to Bintulu road stretch.

LBU, which was represented by project managers from the two works packages in the area, reassured the council that all necessary mitigations were in place to ensure the existing roads are maintained properly.

The undesirable road condition is made worse by the current rainy season and the fact that the Sibu to Bintulu stretch is heavily commuted, including by many oil palm tankers and lorries.

Efforts have been taken by all the 11 works packages under the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project to maintain the existing road which includes potholes paving and traffic diversion.

Traffic management at all works packages is also in place to manage the traffic during this construction phase and the task is not a walk in the park as the construction is carried out on a “live road” from Telok Melano all the way to Miri under Phase One of the project.

Once completed, the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak will be a game changer for the state as it brings enormous socio-economic benefits to the 2.8 million population who will be connected seamlessly from every nook and corner.