Friday, 13 September 2019, Kuching: With a physical progress of 45%, much progress has been achieved since the construction of the much-awaited Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak started in 2016.
As you drive along this construction stretch from Sematan all the way up to Pujut Link Road in Miri, you could see that some of the first carriageway paved up to the binder course level is already completed and opened to traffic.
Work is actively on-going to open more first carriageway by end of this year and by the coming Chinese New Year, road users can expect to be diverted entirely to this new first carriageway. When this happens, road users can have a smooth drive in their balik kampung rush as the construction moves on to the second carriageway.
Earlier this year, the 32.770km of Telok Melano to Sematan stretch was completed. With the completion, it makes the once inaccessible idyllic beach of Telok Melano a breeze 30 minutes’ drive from Sematan.
Other than the road works, this massive infrastructure project also involves the construction of 115 bridges and 25 interchanges to give a seamless travel along the highway.
Construction of these interchanges across all sites is progressing smoothly where in Sibu, the construction of Sibu Airport Interchange has now moved on to the deck slab and road furniture. Once completed, this interchange will make travelling to and from Bintulu direction to Sibu Airport and Sibu Jaya a breeze.
As for the bridge work, construction of the twin Batang Rajang Bridge or popularly known as Durin Bridge in Sibu is expected to be completed by end of this year. When completed, the bridge will rise up to about 22m from the approach ground. It will mirror the existing bridge with two navigation channels as noted above.
With the project team on full swing across all the sites, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak is bound to be completed in another two years’ time. Once this much-awaited highway is ready, the people of Sarawak can expect nothing but a smooth drive along this first four lanes dual carriageway.