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Telok Melano-Sematan stretch in last lap of construction

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, Kuching: With less than two months to go before the scheduled completion of Works Package 01 (WPC 01) Telok Melano-Sematan (TMS) stretch by January next year, work at site is now at its last lap to install road furniture, lay premix and complete works on 2 bridges.

Once this is done, the 32.770km stretch can eventually be opened to road users when the new 2-lane R5 standard single carriageway is gazetted.

Project Manager Foo Kee Seng said works to lay the final layer of premix would be completed in a week’s time should the weather remain good. Installation of road furniture is planned by the third week of this month.

“We are rushing to get this final stage of works done in time for the road safety audit which will be carried out towards the end of December,” he said.

Two months ago, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) conducted a briefing to various stakeholders on the process of handing-over for the new road.

The briefing was to inform stakeholders on their respective roles towards issuance of the Certificate of Works Package Contract Completion (CWC) where the contractor has to complete works as stipulated in the contract.

“The contractor has to pass all testing and commissioning requirements, comply with the Road Safety Audit (RSA) comments while fulfilling all essential services as specified in the contract.

“Several acceptance criteria have to be complied with before the works can be accepted. This includes surface regularity tests and checking surface appearance and defects which will be carried out for pavement works.

“There must also be a proper gradient for the road shoulder. Culverts and drainage must be clear of silt, debris and vegetation growth. Traffic signs must be installed per drawings,” said LBU Head of Support Services Azman Hashim.

The contractor, he further explained, was also directed to compile all required Completion Documents inclusive of as-built drawings and test reports. These will be handed over to PDP as part of the CWC documents.

LBU Head of Engineering for Operations and Maintenance Ir. Norhadziana Jamal said the Facilities Management Division of the Works Ministry and State Public Works Department had visited the Telok Melano-Sematan stretch last week as part of the process to get the stretch gazetted. In other words, the process has begun.

By way of background, construction of the TMS stretch is attributed a request by the former Chief Minister of Sarawak, the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem who was also the state assemblyman for Tanjung Datu, to the Federal government.

Once completed, this stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak will open up the tourism potential of Telok Melano which was previously only accessible by boat in the open sea.