Thursday, 29 November 2018, Kuching: Several measures have been taken by the contractor of Works Package 02 (Sematan-Sungai Moyan) to alleviate traffic congestion due to the construction of Mile 6 Interchange along the Kuching-Serian road.
Upon meeting with the relevant authorities which include Padawan Municipal Council (MPP), State Public Works Department (JKRS) and consultants, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) together with the contractor have agreed to redo the phase timing of the traffic lights at Kuching Sentral to smoothen traffic flow at the junction.
According to Works Package 02 Project Manager Dahlim Mungkil, an additional temporary lane will also be opened at Kuching Sentral to cater for heavy traffic along the stretch which is known for high traffic volume during peak hours.
“The existing two-lane road along Mile 6½ would also be widened to make it into a three-lane road as a temporary measure during this construction stage.
“We hope these measures can help alleviate traffic congestion along the Kuching-Serian road,” he said.
Meanwhile, MPP chairman Yang Berhormat Lo Khere Chiang said the council together with relevant stakeholders were trying their best to minimise the inconvenience caused to road users during this construction stage.
He expressed his hope that these temporary measures undertaken by the contractor could at least help alleviate the traffic congestion at the construction stretch.
“We hope once the four interchanges at Mile 4 ½, Mile 6, Mile 7 and Mile 10 are completed by the end of 2020, traffic flow along this Kuching-Serian road will be smooth.
Lo, who is also Batu Kitang state assemblyman, said a new road connecting Stutong Baru to Kampung Sungai Empit is in the pipeline subject to budget allocation.
Once completed, he said this new road would help reduce the traffic congestion at Mile 6 and Mile 7 area.
“In the meantime, we hope the public can bear with us while we take the necessary traffic management measures to help smoothen traffic flow,” Lo added.