Friday, 12 April 2019, Selangau: Top Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak contractor, Musyati-Mudajaya (MMJV) admits it was initially not easy to start works for the 64km Sg. Kua Bridge-Sg. Arip Bridge works package (Works Package 08) in Selangau and Balingian.
Having been awarded the contract, MMJV moved in to the site towards the end of 2016 with high anticipation and great pride to upgrade the existing federal trunk road to a four-lane dual carriageway Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak.
However, it was not all roses for the contractor as it was besieged with challenges as they started work along the way. “When we first came to the site way back in November 2016, we could not immediately start work as there were still pockets of land with issues yet to be resolved.
“We had very little work-front to work with although our machineries were already here. Our machines were sitting idle for some time.
“But thanks to the combined efforts of our team with the Project Delivery Partner (PDP), Lebuhraya Borneo Utara, and Land and Survey Department, we eventually managed to resolve the land issues.
“It was a big sigh of relief as with land matters resolved, it meant we were given more space to move in and our machineries would not be left idle. The longer these machines sit idle, the more expensive it is for us and the project as a whole”, said MMJV Project Manager Ir. Henry Gan.
Manpower is another challenge recalls Gan. “Such a massive project requires a lot of manpower, from engineers right down to the general workers. Priority is definitely given to the locals.
“We are glad that together with LBU, we have always pushed to encourage more locals to join us to be part of the team in building this first highway in the state,” Gan said.
Expressing his gratitude, Gan said LBU with its team of experienced management personnel had always given its advice. “This is especially so when it comes to technical and engineering fronts as LBU has a pool of experienced people in highway construction.
“We learned a lot from them and continue to do so. Local road builders should not miss this opportunity to grow in capacity and skills. It’s definitely an invaluable experience”, said Gan.
Other than the 64km of four-lane dual carriageway, the Sg. Kua Bridge-Sg. Arip Bridge stretch also involves construction of 14 bridges, one interchange and one rest and service area. There are 50 bus shelters and three pedestrian bridges too.