Sarawak to spend own funds on road works and upgrade

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  • Thursday, 20 Aug 2015

Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin with Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem during the Jalan Stephen Yong widening project announcement. It is part of package of three road works costing RM100 mil linking Petrajaya and Batu Kawa. ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will fork out another RM100mil of its own funds to complete a trio of road works, linking Petrajaya to Batu Kawa here.

Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said RM67mil would be spent to replace the Temenggong Abang Kipali Abang Akip roundabout with an underpass, RM8mil to widen Kubah Ria Road, and the remaining to upgrade 6km of Stephen Yong Road.

These works are to compliment the third bridge between Kuching north and south, which is being built with funds from the Federal Government.

Manyin said the third bridge and links to widened roads would reduce congestion in the inner city.

“Along Stephen Yong Road now, there are roughly 19,000 vehicles per day. Motorists experience long delays and there are safety issues during peak hours,” he said during the announcement yesterday.

“We have done the studies and the Chief Minister (Tan Sri Adenan Satem) approved the project to turn this into a two-lane dual carriageway.”

Stephen Yong Road will become a bypass from Petrajaya to Kuching International Airport and Kuching Sentral Bus Terminal in the east, and to Batu Kitang, Kota Sentosa and Serian in the south.

Manyin said an open tender was scheduled for next month. Completion is slated for mid-2017.

As for the underpass, the minister said it was in technical discussion, while the upgrade of the Kubah Ria Road was at the final tendering stage.

Adenan, who also spoke at the announcement, said he would ask for more federal funds. “The RM100mil is state-funded – not federal-funded. I will tell Kuala Lumpur, I am spending RM100mil more, so you better add more. I will negotiate with KL,” Adenan said.

“You compare what they have in Malaya (peninsula)... roads with six or eight lanes. What have we got? I will tell the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), you see for yourself.”

On a related matter, the CM reiterated his belief the last remaining toll bridge in Sarawak – Tun Salahuddin Bridge – would be free by the end of this year. “There is only one (toll bridge) left. I’m telling them, you follow the others lah. You know some people are poor right? They can’t afford to pay toll daily.”

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