Despite Covid-19, projects go on in Samarahan

Working on implementing the traffic lights at a roundabout in Kota Samarahan.

KUCHING: When permitted by the authorities, contractors vigorously proceed with their work to install traffic lights at the roundabouts in Kota Samarahan as well as expansion work at Jalan Datuk Mohd Musa.

“Thanks to the Public Works Department (JKR) for prodding them on,” commended Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman, Datuk Peter Minos in a recent statement.

He noted that delays and postponements of development projects all over Sarawak were inevitable due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with one such project being the implementation of traffic lights at roundabouts in Kota Samarahan.

“If not for Covid-19 and the work closures on and off, the roundabout traffic lights will be done and ready by February next year. But now, a postponement is unavoidable — maybe into late 2022,” he said. 

Minos added that once the project was completed, the traffic lights would help to ease the daily serious and heavy traffic jams in Kota Samarahan.

“And with the coming Autonomous Rail Transit (ART), massive traffic jams will be history,” he said.

Expansion works resumed at Jalan Datuk Mohd Musa.

He added that the usually congested Jalan Datuk Mohd Musa would be improved through expansion work.

“Also if not for Covid-19, the works can be completed by the end of next year, given that the contractor is serious and determined,” he said.

Minos said the delays and postponements of development projects throughout the state were indeed tough on the government, contractors, and the people who needed such projects to be completed in time.

“This is one of those things we must bear and cope with during these terrible Covid-19 times,” he said.