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Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak complies with road construction standards

Thursday, 23 August 2018, Kuching: Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak is confident in complying with the proposed Construction Industry Standard (CIS) 19 to be used to assess the quality of the highway upon completion in 2021.

According to LBU Head of Maintenance and Operations Azmee Nin, this is because the construction of this first highway in Sarawak is already adopting the Standard Specification for Road Works (SSRW) 1988 which is part of the industry standard meant for the CIS 19.

The SSRW and more standards for compliance are contained in the Project Delivery Partner Agreement (PDPA) for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, which the project is adhering to.

“Even at this construction stage of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, we are already adopting the standard.

“We believe we will be able to comply with the CIS 19 as it is nothing new in the road construction industry,” said Azmee.

Recently, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) chief executive Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid was quoted in the media as saying that the Works Ministry is looking at implementing a pilot Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) system for roadworks to assess the quality of the Pan Borneo Highway using the CIS 19 standard.

Being the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the project, Azmee said LBU had placed great emphasis on the quality of the highway to be constructed.

“That is why we have our regular assessments by the QAQC Department on the quality of works done by the contractors in accordance with the specifications and standards stipulated in the PDP agreement,” he said.

Azmee’s sentiments are echoed by Azman Hashim, LBU’s Head of QAQC, who welcomed the assessment.

“If it mirrors the CIS 7 assessment standard for buildings, CIS 19 is a good but tough assessment for an infrastructure asset. We will continue to work closely with our contractors and Resident Engineer Teams to ensure compliance to the high quality standards set.”

Under the CIS 19 quality standard requirements, five components are assessed, namely road surface, slope and retaining structure, drainage, bridge and other structures, as well as traffic and road furniture.

Each of these components will be assessed through a statistical and sampling approach to ensure the quality of the completed roads.

For instance, construction joints must be smooth and flushed with pavement surface, while transverse or surface irregularities must not exceed certain allowable limits.

“Quality is important for us to ensure a highway that is safe and will last many years, especially important in the case for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak which will be the transportation backbone for the State.

“Good workmanship by doing things right the first time, every time is our goal”, said Azman.