Review road maintenance standards, state urged

1 It’s a bumpy ride for those having to drive over this rough patch in Farquhar Street, Penang.2 Motorists avoiding the uneven surface along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

SHODDY road upkeep is marring the driving experience in the state and Consumers Association Penang (CAP) has called on the state government to review its road maintenance stan-dards.

CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said a recent CAP survey found that numerous potholes and uneven patches due to ad hoc resurfacing on several heavily traversed roads such as Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Paya Terubong, Jalan Jelutong and Jalan Perak were turning into road hazards.

“It worsens during the rainy seasons. Penang’s road construction and maintenance standards are deplorable and unsafe.

“The contractors who construct, upkeep and maintain our roads should be taken to task.

“The potholes and uneven surfaces along so many roads only go to show that the work is shoddy.

“Contractors must be made responsible to carry out a weekly inspection on all roads,” he said in a statement recently.

Mohamed Idris said the state should emulate Singapore “in being able to keep their roads in tip-top condition”.

Immediate remedial works were vital to ensure that the roads were in good condition, especially with the heavy influx of tourists expected on the island during the year-end, he added.

State Works, Utilities and Trans-portation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said there were standards of quality which needed to be followed by contractors.

“A coring test for compaction is also done as a specification among other tests.

“The rain wears out road surfaces but Penang Island City Council and Public Works Department officers are sent to check for defects and repairs when complaints are received,” he said when contacted.

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