Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Sarikei: The three spans 85m long bridge at Sarikei Interchange is fast taking shape, with the project team expecting to launch its beams by early next month.
LBU Project Manager for Sungai Awik Bridge-Bintangor Junction (Works Package 06) Suhaili Md Salleh said the overall length of this 675m interchange will include some 590m Retaining Earth (RE) wall structure to be constructed on both bridge approaches.
“We will launch the beams in stages and once it is completed, we will move on to do the deck slab and eventually the road furniture. Once completed by next year, this interchange will ease the traffic plying between Saratok and Sibu,” Suhaili said.
On the Bintangor Interchange, Suhaili said the project team will soon move in to do the deck slab for this two spans 60m long bridge interchange.
“We have done with the beam launch for this 540m interchange whereas its RE wall and ramp construction are in progress. We hope to get this interchange completed by early next year,” he added.
Once completed, the interchange will help ease traffic plying between Sibu and Bintangor and vice versa.
In other works, some 13 km of first carriageway have been completed up to binder course level. Of this, 8.9km has already been opened to traffic to enable works to proceed on the second carriageway.
Works Package 06 which is divided into Bukit Sebangkoi section and Sarikei section over a total length of 64.486km. The package includes six bridges, 59 bus shelters, five pedestrian bridges and one layby planned at Roban.
PPESW BPSB JV Sdn Bhd is the main contractor for this works package.