Tuesday, 9 April 2019, Sarikei: State Public Works Department (JKRS) Director Datu Ir. Zuraimi Sabkhi led a team of his senior officers to visit Sungai Awik Bridge-Bintangor Junction (Works Package 06) last Friday to have a first hand look at the progress made thus far for the works package.
During the visit, the delegation which included senior management staff of Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU), the Project Delivery Partner for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, made a pit stop at the site of the three spans Sungai Nyelong Bridge.
With a length of 110 metres, the bridge comes with 42 girders with 35m and 40m length, Sungai Nyelong Bridge is a completely new dual carriageway bridge. Construction of this bridge commenced in June last year and is expected to be completed by first quarter of next year.
The delegation also took a look at Geogrid Reinforced Soil which is being used along the 700 metres stretch at the junction to Selalang (CH.31+800 to CH.32+500) to stabilise the soil.
Geogrid Reinforced Soil is an alternative design where the original design was a rock filled embankment. This method requires a total of 789,973m2 of earth, 19,584m2 of sand, 469,515m2 of geogrid, 2,488m of rock toe and 48,669m2 of turfing to form the geogrid reinforced soil embankment.
The last stop made by the delegation was at the completed 4.8km of first carriageway from Sungai Awik Bridge to Old Saratok Junction.
The visibly impressed Datu Ir. Zuraimi with what he had seen throughout the visit reminded all those involved in the project to make sure the stretches are done properly in accordance with the technical specifications to ensure its highest quality.
After the visit, the delegation adjourned to the monthly coordination meeting for this highway project.