KOTA KINABALU: Motorists in the state capital will have something to look forward to by October next year when widening work on a congested road is completed.
Some RM30mil is being spent for the upgrading of the Jalan Bundusan in the city’s outskirts into a six-lane thoroughfare, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan said.
“In fact work has already started. The project is currently approaching 12% to 15 % completion,” he said at a press conference after launching a Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) road safety campaign near the Road Trans-port Department’s Sabah headquarters here recently.
Tan, the state Infrastructure Development Minister, said up-grading work of the road had been divided into five sections and would include the construction of five roundabouts and two bridges.
“These roundabouts are over a 4km stretch as there are numerous roads branching out into housing estates. We need to provide feeder roads to ease the congestion,” he said.
Tan said progress on the preparation works was slow due existing infrastructure such as water pipes as well as electricity and telephone cables.
“This requires a lot of mobilisation involving various agencies such as the Water Department, SESB and Telekom. There are a lot of people living in the area and it won’t do if we just cut off power and water supply as well as telephone services there for a year,” he added.
Tan said his ministry would not tolerate any delays in the project. “If the contractor needs money we can add (the amount). If they need night shifts or need to add staff, go ahead, but there will be no time extension,” he added.
Tan noted that the state government’s current priority was to find ways to ease traffic congestion in high-density areas state-wide, starting from this city.
Apart from Jalan Bundusan, Jalan Damai is also being upgraded from a dual lane to a four-lane road with work scheduled for completion by the year’s end ahead of its April 2008 deadline.