KUCHING: Travel between Kuching and Serian along the Pan Borneo Highway has been made easier and faster with the completion of a 36km dual carriageway.
The Works Ministry spent RM171.6mil to extend the single carriageway from km24 to km60 to four lanes.
Its Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who opened the new carriageway earlier this week , said the project was completed more than one year behind schedule.
Samy Vellu said, under the Eighth Malaysia Plan, his ministry allocated RM2.32bil to implement road projects in Sarawak.
Out of the 75 road projects approved under the current plan period, 36 have been completed, he added.
Samy Vellu said the ministry had bid for RM1.82bil from the Economic Planning Unit for the implementation of 52 projects in Sarawak under the Ninth Malaysia Plan and RM1.45bil for 47 continuation projects.
He said that infrastructure development, particularly roads in Sarawak, was still lagging behind compared to states in the peninsula.
Samy Vellu, who attended a briefing on road development by the state Infrastructure Development and Communication Ministry, also inspected work in progress on the proposed Durin bridge across Rejang River in central Sarawak.
The bridge, the missing link in the Pan Borneo Highway, should have been completed several years ago if not for various problems faced by the contractor.
Deputy Chief Minister and state Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu was present at the launch.