Tuesday, 11 September 2018, Sematan – Many just can’t wait for the completion of the Telok Melano-Sematan stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak to explore the hidden gem of Telok Melano.
The just concluded long weekend saw many Kuchingites drove out to explore this newly accessed tip of Sarawak, near Sematan despite the on-going construction works.
However, it was a serious working visit for LBU chief executive officer, Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid and senior members of construction team as they joined State Public Works Department (JKRS) director Ir. Datu Zuraimi Sabki yesterday to inspect the progress of works at Telok Melano-Sematan (WPC01).
At a length of 32.77 km, the only R5 single-carriageway stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway is targeted for completion in January 2019.
With a few short months to the deadline, both LBU as Project Delivery Partner and JKR Sarawak as the Project Director’s Representative, want to ensure that works are progressing on schedule.
“Progress at WPC01 looks promising. We look forward with anticipation to see completion of the remaining bridgeworks at the 7-span Sungai Samunsam and Sungai Beduan, as well as completion of the ACBC and preparation for ACWC premix works to be realised,” said Ir. Safuani.
(Note: ACBC refers to Asphaltic Concrete Binder Course; ACWC refers to Asphaltic Concrete Wearing Course which is the top layer of the black premix on the road pavement.)
With the deadline looming, the site teams are working hard to complete works. The main contractor for the WPC01 is Samling Resources.
Apart from the 2-lane single carriageway, WPC01 has 6 bridges. Most significant of WPC01 is the impact the completed Pan Borneo Highway will have on Telok Melano, a quiet seaside village which previously could only be accessed by boat on the open sea.
Located near to the Tanjung Datu National Park, Telok Melano holds great tourism potential to raise the income level of its 50-odd households.