Waves destroy part of Miri-Bintulu highway


Photos By STEPHEN THEN
  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 May 2004

STORY AND PHOTOS BY STEPHEN THEN

MEN AT WORK: Workers starting to clear the damaged section of the Miri-Bintulu second coastal highway Saturday morning.

MIRI: Huge waves swept away part of the 20th kilometre stretch of the Miri-Bintulu second coastal highway yesterday, cutting off land travel for over 2,000 people. 

The highway, located only about 10m from the shoreline, was practically separated into twoat a bridge after it was battered for hours by 2m-high waves. 

Miri Division Public Works Department chief Liew Yu Ming inspected the site of the incident and directed remedial measures to be taken immediately to open up a temporary lane to enable traffic to flow between Bakam and Miri. 

“Initial checks showed that the road started giving way around 5am to 6am this morning after the area was continuously bombarded by strong waves. 

“The strong waves caused the water volume under the bridge to swell and the strong current swept away the section of the highway,” he said. 

There were no injuries reported in the incident.  

The 250km-long Miri-Bintulu second coastal highway is currently being built in stages. Some of the sections near here are in the final stages of completion. The section that was swept away by the waves was undergoing upgrading works. 

The whole project, costing about RM500mil, is scheduled for completion by end of next year, and will serve as the second direct link between Miri and Bintulu. 

Miri and Bintulu are currently linked by the Pan-Borneo highway.  

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