KUCHING, June 15 (Bernama) -- Sarawak hopes that all the 95 overtaking lanes
proposed for construction along the trunk road between Miri and Kuching can be
completed in two years, State Infrastructure Development and Communication
Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said today.
He said that for this year, 10 of such lanes of one-kilometre length each
would be built following initial funding of RM50 million from the federal
"We will not stop here (to ask for federal funds) but will continue to get
our plans ready based on their (federal) rolling plan," he told reporters after
inspecting the Tabuan River second bridge project, here.
Last year, the State Public Works Department had estimated that it would
cost about RM400 million to build the required number of overtaking lanes.
Manyin said the state requested for funds to build the overtaking lanes at
strategic locations along the 900-km trunk road after the federal government
found that the present traffic volume had yet to warrant upgrading of the road
to a highway.
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Meanwhile, work to upgrade a road leading to the Tabuan River bridge to six
lanes would be completed before the end of this year, Manyin said.
He said construction of the second bridge was completed recently and it
would be opened to traffic from today.
The second bridge and road upgrading work, which cost RM267 million, were
carried out to smoothen flow of traffic, comprising mainly industrial vehicles.
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