MIRI: It will be a smoother ride for motorists using the Pan-Borneo Highway when expansion work on the Miri-Brunei stretch is completed by the end of next month.
Sarawak Infrastructure Development and Communications Assistant Minister Lee Kim Shin said the project cost RM148mil and the highway would be able to handle a 100% increase in transboundary traffic.
He said the federal- and state-funded project was now 98.5% completed, way ahead of schedule.
The entire renovated highway would be ready by May 20, the day Miri would be accorded resort-city status, he announced yesterday.
“From the Miri side, this stretch to the Kuala Baram border post (35km long) is the last part of the Pan-Borneo Highway that links Sarawak with Brunei.
“This part of the highway plays a vital role in connecting the state with Brunei and Sabah.
“The Miri-Brunei stretch accommodates some 2,000 PCU (passenger car units) per hour. The upgrading exercise will turn the highway into a four-lane system to accommodate more vehicles,” Lee said.