SIBU: Those going home for the Chinese New Year celebration can expect a smoother drive when using Sibu-Selangau road which is Package 7 of the Pan Borneo Highway.
Pelawan assemblyman David Wong said the contractors for that stretch of the highway had assured him that they would close nine of the 28 diversions.
“When they started building the highway, the diversions along the Sibu-Selangau stretch were from the old road to the new one as a temporary passageway, ” said Wong at a Sarawak Artistic Entertainment and Creative Association’s Christmas open house here.
The diversions were created before Chinese New Year last year and since then road users had complained about the bad condition of the roads at these diversions.
They said they were dotted with potholes and uneven surfaces.
Other problems include lack of proper signage while some concrete barriers which had been knocked down in road accidents have not been restored.
“Sarawakians are frustrated due to lack of improvement on that stretch of the highway since 2018. We local leaders have been chasing after the contractor, ” he said.
Wong said he and Bukit Assek assemblyman Irene Chang visited the stretch with representatives of companies involved in the project.
“Instead of finding fault, we discussed ways to resolve the problems, ” he said. — By ANDY CHUA
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