Pujut Interchange temporary closure until June

Lee Kim Shin (second left) monitoring the project site.

MIRI: The Pujut Link Interchange of Pan Borneo Highway project here is expected to close until June this year to make way for road widening and construction zone works.

Previously, the general public used the old single carriage way dual direction to commute but they can no longer do so as the road is now being upgraded to a dual carriage way dual direction with interchanges.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin explained that the main contractor had constructed a new carriage way to replace and divert the traffic from existing old road to the new road.

“After the traffic diversion was ready, the old road was closed to make way for road widening and construction zone for Pujut Interchange’s RE wall.

“Once the interchange construction is complete, all roads will be reopened for public and the traffic congestion will be eased,” he said.

He said this in a statement after being briefed by the state Public Works Department (PWD) northern zone manager Siaw Ming Chian on the situation during his visit to the project site on Thursday.

The Pujut Interchange is one of the four interchanges available under the Work Package Contract 11 (Sungai Tangap to Jalan Pujut Link Road) of the Pan Borneo Highway project.

The interchange comes with an overhead bridge, a U-turn and also a traffic light.

At the same time, project contractor represented by KKPE Sdn. Bhd section manager Yii Hock Wong explained that the construction progress was affected due to Covid-19 situation which led to shortage of workers.

However, the contractor remains committed to complete the Interchange by June this year.

He also said for public convenience, the contractor will ensure that the road surrounding the construction zone will be maintained such as patching up potholes and repairing the uneven roads.