Pan-Borneo highway reopens for all vehicles

An aerial photo of the affected section of the Pan-Borneo Highway takenfrom a Fire and Rescue Department’s drone.

MIRI: The section of the Pan-Borneo Highway between Miri and Bintulu in northern Sarawak that collapsed after a cave-in on May 18, is now fully reopened to all vehicles.

The Bukit Song section of the highway near Miri was restored and declared safe to use.

Confirming the matter, Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the Pan-Borneo highway was now passable to all vehicles.

“Public Works Department had done mitigation works on the surrounding hill slopes too.

“The highway and the hills on both sides have been reinforced and vehicles from both directions can pass without problem,” said Law.

The Pan-Borneo highway is a vital link between northern and southern Sarawak.

Tens of thousands of people from cities and towns in the state are expected to make their way back to their longhouses in the rural areas for the June 1 Gawai harvest festival.

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