Opening of highway’s Pujut section eases traffic

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MIRI: The completion of the Pujut Section of the Pan Borneo Highway project will help ease traffic flow between Miri Airport to Permyjaya and Kuala Baram, here.

Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the 15.9km road, the construction of which began on Nov 1, 2016 also involved the construction of two bridges on Sungai Miri and Sungai Adong and two level crossings.

“Starting from the intersection at Miri Airport and ending at Pujut Link, residents along the lines of Emart Riam, Miri Sentral, South Lake Permyjaya and Vista Perdana will also benefit from better, more comfortable and safer roads.

“The total cost for this section amounts to RM470 million which is fully implemented by local contractors and consultants.”

He said this in his welcoming address at the opening of the Pujut Section of the Pan Borneo Highway at Permy Mall, here today.

Fadillah said work for the remaining 10 work packages of the Pan Borneo Highway from Sematan to Miri is currently 85 per cent complete.

“The Pan Borneo Highway Phase 1 project which started in October 2015, covers 11 work packages over a 786 km stretch from Telok Melano to Miri.

“Various parts of the highway have been completed and are ready for use by the public, while the rest are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2023,” he added.

He said the completion of the Pan Borneo Highway will see the federal government focusing on the construction of the Sarawak – Sabah Link Road (SSLR) and Trans Borneo Highway projects.

“With the implementation of Phase 1 of the SSLR from Simpang Gelugus to Long Lopeng in Lawas which is now 2.68 per cent complete, residents in the interior of Lawas will enjoy a better road network than using the existing log roads,” Fadillah noted.

Additionally, he called on road users to be patient and obey traffic laws when driving along the incomplete parts of the Pan Borneo Highway.

“This highway project is still under construction, therefore, I hope for the patience of road users as there are still sections that are not yet fully completed, which can cause discomfort to commuters.

“Although we are taking steps to ensure that contractors and consultants comply with all safety instructions including traffic management to maintain comfort and safety of road users, please be careful when driving,” he reminded.

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