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Penang to initiate projects worth RM86mil to upgrade roads and bridges


Under control: A policeman directing traffic along the newly widened Jalan Song Ban Kheng in Bukit Mertajam.

Under control: A policeman directing traffic along the newly widened Jalan Song Ban Kheng in Bukit Mertajam.

SIX projects to build or upgrade roads and bridges will be implemented in Penang this year.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state had allocated RM32.7mil this year for the projects estimated to cost a total of RM86.3mil.

He did not say where the rest of the money would come from or if the funds would be from fu-ture allocations.

The projects comprised the widening of the bridge and road upgrading from one lane to two lanes each way from Jalan Perusahaan till the traffic light junction in Jalan Tok Kangar, central Seberang Prai (SPT), widening of Jalan Bukit Minyak in Alma (SPT), building of a new road connecting Jalan Bunga Hinai with Jalan Bunga Kaca Piring around SRJK (C) Hun Bin in the northeast district, construction of Sungai Machang Bubok bridge in Jalan Gajah Mati (SPT), replacement of the concrete culvert with a concrete bridge in Jalan Padang Lalang (SPT) and the building of a new bridge across the river on Route P169 in Kg Tanjung Berembang, south Seberang Prai district.

Lim said the state government was implementing the projects to fulfil its commitment to upgrade infrastructure and facilities in both rural and urban areas.

He was speaking in his speech at a ceremony yesterday to mark the completion of the project to widen Jalan Song Ban Kheng in Bukit Mertajam and upgrade the bridge along the road.

He said the RM20.4mil project to reduce traffic woes along the 3.2km road had begun on Feb 15, 2012, and ended on Jan 21 this year.

Also present were state executive councillors Lim Hock Seng and Chong Eng, state Economic Planning Unit director Datuk Abu Jamal Nordin, Penang Public Works Department director Salleh Awang and Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

   

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