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12km of first carriageway from Pantu Junction to Batang Skrang to be ready in three months

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, Sri Aman: Another 12km of first carriageway from Pantu Junction to Batang Skrang stretch (Works Package 04) of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak are expected to be ready in the next three months.

LBU Project Manager for Works Package 04 Ramasamy Kailasan said out of these 12km, 8km is in Bukit Begunan section while another 4km in Sri Aman section.

“Other than these 12km, we have so far completed 16km of first carriageway up to binder course level in Bukit Begunan section.

“Out of these 16km, we have opened 10km to traffic. As for Sri Aman section, we have opened 1.5km to road users.,” Ramasamy said.

Construction of Works Package 04, undertaken by Naim Gamuda JV Sdn Bhd as the main contractor is divided into Bukit Begunan section and Sri Aman section with 44.7km and 46.4km of road works respectively.

It also involves construction of nine bridges and Sri Aman Interchange. The longest bridges to be constructed are Batang Lupar Bridge at 110m and Batang Skrang at 100m.

Meanwhile, Ramasamy said the project team is currently working on the deck slab for the two spans Sri Aman Interchange.

“We are targeting to complete this 60m length interchange by December next year. Once completed, this interchange will ease the traffic plying between Sri Aman and Kuching and Betong and vice versa,” he added.

Ramasamy also revealed that the first carriageway for the three bridges in Bukit Begunan section i.e. Sungai Merah Bridge, Sungai Engkramut Bridge and Sungai Dor Bridge had already been opened to traffic.

“The first carriageway for the other two bridges i.e. Sungai Klauh and Sungai Raya Bridge is expected to be ready by end of this year.

“Works for the remaining three bridges in Sri Aman section are progressing well while we have launched the precast girders for Batang Undup Bridge in June this year,” he said.