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‘Traffic flow along Pan Borneo Highway manageable’
Posted on : 02 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post online
 

‘Traffic flow along Pan Borneo Highway manageable’

October 1, 2018, Monday Jacqueline David, reporters@theborneopost.com

 

Baru (seventh right) with members of the media at Naim Gamuda CLQ near Sri Aman.

SRI AMAN: Traffic flow along the Sarawak stretch of Pan Borneo Highway (PBHS) is manageable.

In stating this, Works Minister Baru Bian hopes the situation would remain so and under control until the project is completed.

“We want to emphasise that as of now traffic control is in good condition but I hope they will be maintained like this at all times, not just during my visit here.

“I have reminded Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU) Sdn Bhd of this so that the situation remains like this at all times throughout the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak (PBHS) project.

“I received complaints from road users that some stretches under construction are without proper road signage.

“I hope this is taken seriously because it is important for road users to continue their journey safely,” said Baru when met after inspecting the Centre Labour Quarters (CLQ) of one of the contractors, Naim Gamuda, near here yesterday.

Ongoing works at WPC 03 in Serian.

Baru led the Jelajah FTRoadpedia which was into its second day yesterday, which kicked off from Works Package Contracts (WPC) 01 Sematan-Telok Melano last Saturday.

Joining the three-day road trip were officials from the Ministry of Works (MoW) as well as officials from Sarawak’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, Sarawak Public Works Department and LBU, the project delivery partner for PBHS.

Yesterday, the entourage visited five out of the 11 works packages of the highway project to see for themselves the progress made since works started in stages in 2015.

Baru, who is also the Sarawak PKR chairman, added that one or two packages might be a little bit behind time.

“I was made to understand that one or two WPC might be a little bit behind time but they are not that serious,” he said.

Meanwhile, the project manager for WPC No. 03 – Serian Roundabout to Pantu Junction – said the going had not been easy but they were coping with the difficulties very well.

“We have issues with land, but we have tackled them completely, weather is not on our side, but we are manoeuvring through difficult weather, basically that’s the most difficult part,” he said.

WPC No. 3 has 11 bridges and three interchanges from Serian until the Pantu Junction, which is about 30 per cent completed.

The Serian section is 33.650 km long and Pantu section is 41.365 km long.

The Serian section is expected to be completed by 2019 and Pantu Junction by 2020.