An artist’s impression of the Batang Igan Bridge.

IGAN: The proposed RM285 million Batang Igan Bridge project when completed will reduce the travelling time from Daro to Mukah without depending on ferry services.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the earth-breaking ceremony of the project at Igan ferry here on Saturday.

Public Works Department (JKR) in a statement said the contract period is 42 months, with Syarikat Kontrektor Wisma Sdn Bhd as the contractor and Perunding C.F as the consulting engineer. The site was acquired on July 24 this year.

The Unit Head of Coastal Road and Second Trunk Road Unit (CSTRU) will lead as project director.

Batang Igan Bridge is a vital component to link Daro and Mukah.

This will ensure smoother connectivity along the coastal road network by eliminating waiting time for ferry services, especially during festive seasons.

This will also exponentially impact infrastructure development of adjacent coastal road projects that act as the catalyst to the transformation of socio-economic development of the Sarawak central region.

The project components comprise a 1,600m-long two-lane single carriageway bridge in JKRS R5 standard, pre-stressed post-tensioned T-beam and balance cantilever. The vertical height clearance is 26m.

It has a two-lane single carriageway road JKR R5 standard approach road approximately 1,400m-long at the Oya-Igan side and 700m-long at the Matu-Daro side.

It also involves upgrading the existing R3 standard to R5 standard approach road, approximately 1,300m-long at the Oya-Igan side and a new junction connecting the existing road at both ends.

The project also includes a 30m-long post-tensioned girder beam and a slab bridge at Sungai Parit.

The Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Road is a mega project worth RM11 billion, commissioned by the Sarawak government and will take over five years to complete.

It is designed to connect Sarawak’s major towns along the coastal areas and will benefit 1.9 million people.

This project will boost socio-economic growth along these areas by increasing connectivity and providing safer, more convenient accessibility from major towns to rural areas of the state.