SIBU: A 325km stretch of the Miri-Kota Kinabalu road passing through Brunei will be upgraded in phases at a cost of RM513mil under the 10th Malaysia Plan, Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said here.
He said the job would include upgrading three Immigration posts and one Customs complex and the Sungai Tujuh Immigration and Quarantine Office at the Sarawak-Brunei border as well as numerous bridges.
Shaziman was speaking to reporters after inspecting work in progress on the Sibu-Tanjung Manis road at the site office near Bawang Assan.
He said the upgrading involved the Mengkalap-Merapok (60km), Panduran-Tendungan (60km) and Sungai Tujuh-Miri (30km) stretches in Sarawak and the Kota Kinabalu-Beaufort (95km), Beaufort-Sipitang (60km) and Sipitang-Sindumin (20km) stretches in Sabah.
“It will be expanded into a double carriageway that will reduce travel time between the two states.
“It will also help generate economic and agricultural activities in the respective regional development corridors of Sabah and Sarawak,” he added.
On the Sibu-Tanjung Manis road, Shaziman said it would be opened by June next year to link Sibu and other parts of Sarawak to the Tanjung Manis deep sea port and halal hub, both about 80km away.
He said the RM600mil federal-funded project also involved the construction of nine bridges, including the country’s longest bridge (1.2km) across Sungai Lebaan. — Bernama
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