KUANTAN: The first phase of the RM1.3bil East Coast Highway, from Karak to Jengka covering 64km, is expected to be open to traffic in February.
State Public Utilities, Transport and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Omar Othman said despite technical hitches and weather condition, work on the entire highway project was 76% completed and 2% ahead of schedule.
He said he had been briefed by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and the main contractor, MTD Construction Sdn Bhd, that the monsoon season had set in for the year but round-the-clock work would be carried out on dry days to ensure the highway was completed on time.
The 169km-long highway was originally scheduled to be completed by Aug 15 this year but was given an 11-month extension due to negotiationson land acquisition. The project, which was divided into three phases must now be completed by July 15, 2004.
During a briefing, LLM East Region director Abdullah Hashim said the second phase of the highway, from Maran to Gambang, covering 42km, would be completed and open to motorists in April 2004.
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