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Traffic management improved for Gawai rush home

Thursday, 31 May 2018, Kuching: With the Gawai celebration rush coupled with long school holidays, traffic has steadily built up especially along the Federal trunk road which is currently being upgraded to the four-lane Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak.

In view of this, LBU/PDP Traffic Management Department (TMD) took the lead in making sure that traffic management at all 11 works packages, from Telok Melano all the way to Pujut Link Road in Miri, is well in place to guide road users who may not be aware of road diversions or uneven road surfaces during this construction phase.

A fortnight ago, TMD had informed all works packages to ensure that sufficient traffic management equipment is installed on site. These included more arrow flashing lights, blinkers and traffic cones. Also important was the directive to ensure the equipment are in good working order, and in the correct placement or locations.

Anticipating that some road users travel at night, TMD directed all works packages to install reflectors on traffic barriers.

“Reflectors will help alert road users who travel at night of road diversions, alignments and danger ahead.

“The reflectors are an improvement from the string delineator which is still being used as per the previous requirements from the State Public Works Department (JKRS).

“Now that JKRS has required that the reflectors be used, we have to improve our traffic management further.

“This is necessary as the current Federal trunk road can be very dark in places as there is no lighting in certain stretches. Driving at night can be challenging,” said LBU TMD manager Masdi Baharom.

Last week, all Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak works packages launched road safety campaigns for the Gawai celebration.

The recent road safety campaign was a collaboration between Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) being the Project Delivery Partner for the Highway project, main contractors and relevant enforcement agencies to inculcate safe driving among road users.