KUCHING: A small road junction near a traffic lights intersection at Mile 7, Jalan Kuching-Serian will be improved to reduce congestion and improve road safety.
Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang said this is on the requests of shop owners near the junction.
“We will try to improve the junction. The important consideration is safety,” said Lo, who visited the location today together with personnel from the Public Works Department (PWD) and a consultant.
“During the construction of the main road, we cannot work on the junction. There is not enough space to do the work.
“Now that the major foundation of the flyover is done, we have time to look at this and we have the safety measures in place. Accidents are the last thing that we want to happen,” he said.
He also said the design has gone through the road safety auditor and independent checker.
“We will have two lanes. The design has been considered carefully. It is with the consultants and the road safety auditor and independent consultant have checked it,” he said.
The project is funded by the federal government to whom the design will be submitted for approval.
“Perhaps it needs around RM500,000 to implement. Compared to the cost of the Pan Borneo Highway, it is a small amount.
“I am very sure that following the completion of the Mile 7 flyover, the traffic lights intersection will less traffic,” said Lo.
During his visit to the site, some members of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) also tagged along.
“Although I did not invite them, but I am glad that they are present to participate in our discussion and to give their opinions. I think this is excellent,” said Lo.