Upgrades along Kuching-Serian Road are part of Pan Borneo Highway project

The construction of four flyovers will ease congestion along the Kuching-Serian road. — filepic

KUCHING: The construction of four flyovers along Kuching-Serian Road, which commenced last November, is expected to be completed on Oct 31, 2020.

Coastal Roads Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the flyovers at Mile 4 1/2, Mile 6, Mile 7 and Mile 10 were part of the Pan Borneo Highway project’s Package Two connecting Sematan to Sungai Moyan.

“Currently, the survey works and shifting of utilities are in progress. Physical construction works for the flyovers at Mile 7 and Mile 10 are scheduled to commence by July.

“Mile 4 1/2 and Mile 6 flyovers are scheduled to commence by October,” he told Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) during question time in the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday.

Julaihi also said the total cost of the four flyovers amounted to RM316.96mil, with the one at Mile 4 /12 costing RM69.96mil, Mile 6 RM97.97, Mile 7 RM78.83mil and Mile 10 RM74.19mil.

To a supplementary question from Chong on what measures would be taken to ease traffic congestion during the construction period, Julaihi said the relevant ministry and department would look into traffic management as and when necessary.

Asked for assurance that the flyover project would not be delayed, the assistant minister said the schedule would be followed strictly.

“Anything that will incur any delay will be ultimately looked into by the ministry and department concerned,” he added.

Local Government Assistant Minister Dr Penguang Manggil told the House that the state government approved the implementation of the Sarawak Urban Storm Water Management Manual for all new development areas in January last year as a long term measure to address flash floods.

He said the manual was a guideline to establish uniform technical standards for developers, engineers, consultants, architects, planners, local authorities and government agencies in preparing and submitting their development plans, including planning permission, earthwork plans and erosion sediment control plans.

“It focuses on managing storm water by using environmentally-friendly approaches based on control at source, including controlling the water quantity and quality as well as erosion and sedimentation.

“These methods utilise retention to store water temporarily, infiltration to reduce runoff and purification to improve the water quality before reaching the waterways or river systems,” he said in reply to Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman (BN-Tupong).

Dr Penguang added that the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had been instructed to provide the necessary technical advice on storm water management, especially during the planning stage.

In the short and medium term, he said, local authorities and DID would continue to deepen and widen the existing drains in phases based on the availability of financial resources.

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