KUCHING: The long-delayed Durin bridge across the Rajang, the countrys longest river, is due to be completed by May next year at an additional cost of RM20mil.
The bridge, which was originally scheduled to be finished by 2001 at a cost of RM96mil, is seen as a vital link along the Pan-Borneo Highway which is about 80% completed.
Works Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Yong Khoon Seng said the Federal Government was forking out the extra money to complete the bridge.
A new sub-contractor has been appointed to help meet the new deadline, he told reporters after opening a seminar on The Overview of the Malaysian Standard Method for Civil Engineering Work at the Kuching Hilton here, yesterday.
On the highway project, Yong said the Federal Government-funded 925km Sarawak coastal road network was progressing well, with some stretches under construction ahead of targeted completion dates.
Addressing the 130 seminar participants, he said the adoption of a uniform method for civil engineering works would improve efficiency in implementing development projects.