Tuesday, 16 April 2019, Serian: If you are driving from Serian to Pantu, you would have noticed that there are several stretches along the way which have already been completed.
According to LBU Project Manager for Serian-Pantu Junction (Works Package 03) Azrin Ahmad, a total of 20km of first carriageway, at various locations along this 75km works package, had already been opened to road users.
“This 20km has already been paved up to the binder course level. Another 4km of carriageway is also almost ready up to the same level and we will open the stretch soon,” he said.
The opening of this first carriageway will give road users a glimpse of how it is like to drive along the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak once it is fully completed in two years’ time.
On Serian Interchange 1, Azrin said works on the deck slab had already been completed and now the project team had moved on to reinforced earth wall.
“We are already at the final stage of completing the flyover. We hope to complete it by July this year”, said Azrin.
With the completion of this flyover, it will help alleviate the traffic congestion in Serian town where the flyover is located. Currently, due to space constraint road users have to use a narrow slip road to avoid passing through the construction area.
“As for Serian Interchange 2, we have completed the bored piling. We are now building up its super structure. The target is to complete this flyover by October this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Azrin revealed that the new Batang Sadong Bridge would be opened to road users next week.
“By next week, we can shift road users to the new bridge and start the reinstatement work on the old bridge, such as bridge joint and pavement works and parapet wall. The old bridge will be temporarily closed to enable these works to happen,” he said.
To recap, the old Batang Sadong Bridge was retained for Serian-bound traffic after it passed the proof load test conducted in July last year. The results of the test meant that the 186m long bridge, built in 1992, is sufficiently fit to cater to the full JKR standard design load limits allowed under the current Weight Restriction Order (WRO) 2003.
The load test conducted on the bridge confirmed to the State Public Works Department (JKRS) that the bridge does not need to be demolished as it can sustain the expected traffic load.
Two other bridges in WPC 03 at Sungai Bedup and Sungai Kerait will also be partially opened to road users by next week, said Azrin.
“Deck slab for Sungai Bedup Bridge is now completed and we can open the first carriageway of this bridge to road users next week. As we move on to construct the second carriageway.
“As for Sungai Kerait Bridge, the first carriageway is already completed and we have moved on to construct the second carriageway,” he added.
Construction work on Works Package 03, undertaken by Zecon Kimlun Consortium Sdn Bhd, involves upgrading the existing 75km of Federal trunk road (stretching from Serian Roundabout to Pantu Junction) into an R5 standard 4-lane dual carriageway. For ease of construction it is divided into Serian Section and Pantu Section.