ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor plans to build a third bridge in Sungai Rengit, Pengerang, Kota Tinggi to ease traffic congestion at the Johor Causeway and the Second Link Crossing.
Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said the bridge would link the southeast part of Johor with Pulau Ubin in Singapore.
He said the state government was curently in discussions with a company interested in undertaking the project.
“If all goes as planned, the bridge will be built within the next three to four years,” said Osman.
He said this during the ground-breaking ceremony for the RM162mil Gerbang Nusajaya Interchange, a project by UEM Sunrise Bhd and Mulpha International Bhd here.
Osman said the project would be implemented under the Private Public Cooperative Unit (Ukas) in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“We will seek approval for the project from the Federal Government and also hold discusssions with Singapore on the third bridge,” he said.
Osman said the Sungai Rengit-Pulau Ubin route was suitable as it was shorter in terms of length for the bridge, at about three kilometres.
He said from Pulau Ubin, there would be undersea tunnel for motorists to reach Singapore’s mainland.
Osman said among the components for the third bridge included common immigration checkpoints for both Malaysia and Singapore authorities instead of separate checkpoints like at the Johor Causeway in Johor Baru and the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah.
He said the project would further boost development and economic activities in Pengerang, apart from the on-going multi billion ringgit integrated petrochemical complex.
“We want to spread development to other parts of Johor and not only within Iskandar Malaysia,” added Osman.
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