KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s first flyover project has hit a snag as the Federal Government has threatened to scrap part of the project.
Kota Kinabalu City Hall has asked that the project be put on hold as it mulls over a one-way street plan.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Khalid Nordin said City Hall should decide quickly or it would have to scrap the second of the three-phase project.
The first phase of the project, dubbed Kolam interchange costing some RM45mil, is under way with 67% of the project completed while the two remaining phases – Karamunsing interchange (RM42mil) and Wawasan interchange (RM43mil) – are set to take off soon if City Hall gives the green light.
Khalid, who visited the project’s site yesterday, said the three phases of the project complemented each other in resolving traffic congestion in the state capital.
He said if City Hall wanted to go ahead with the one-way street project in the town area, the Wawasan interchange would not be feasible.
City Hall mayor Datuk Abdul Ghani was reported to have said that they needed some RM100mil to introduce the one-way street concept in the central business district of the city but did not have the funds.
Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin had also questioned the rationale of the move by City Hall to implement the one-way street plan.
Noting that it was not practical, Yahya sought an explanation from City Hall on the matter which was delaying the flyover project.