THE new Tanjung Berembang bridge development project costing RM25.8mil, which connects Taman Victoria to Tanjung Berembang in Nibong Tebal on the Penang mainland, will be fully completed by October.
Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng Mooi Lye said construction of concrete structures on the roads linking the bridge on both sides would commence on July 15 and is scheduled for completion on Oct 14.
“It is not a white elephant project as criticised by certain parties.”
He said both the roads leading to the bridge would be closed from July 14 for the project to be completed.
“There have been videos circulated on social media against the state government that it is wasting public monies by carrying out the white elephant project.
“These allegations are not true,” he added.
H’ng was speaking to reporters after a site visit to Taman Victoria on Monday.
Also present were Penang Development Corporation (PDC) project senior manager Ismail Ishak, Image Façade Construction contract manager Fong Hann Tyng, south Seberang Prai JKR engineer Siti Shatinah Ahmad, Perunding BHR site engineer Osman Ayob and Seberang Prai city councillor Heng Yeh Shiuan.
H’ng also urged the residents of Kampung Berembang and Sungai Udang, who have been using the bridge although it is not officially opened, to not trespass into the construction site for the duration of the repair work.
Osman said he would improve the soil sediment structure of the land under the original RM25.8mil allocation provided by PDC for the project.
“The project consists of two parts, namely the bridge and road structures. The land erosion is on the side of the road, not the bridge as some have claimed.
“Here, it is soft ground. We will build a concrete site similar to the structure of the bridge to avoid the risk of soil erosion,” he added.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the project was officiated by former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on June 18, 2017.
Lim, in his speech, had said the 360m bridge over Sungai Kerian would bring further development to the areas of Taman Victoria and Teluk Ipil as it would be more accessible to investors and tourists.
He had also said the new bridge had the potential to be an economic game changer as it would be a catalyst for development in these areas.