Second ‘rock-shed’ to protect road from landslide debris opened


Much-needed protection: Motorists using the Rock Shed that was launched by the Deputy Works Minister. — Bernama

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The RM22mil “rock shed” or half-tunnel at the 48th kilometre of the Simpang Pulai-Blue Valley road here is now open to motorists.

The 344m-long rock shed, the second in the country and on which construction began in 2014, is meant to prevent rocks or soil from falling onto the road during landslides.

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the structure would be fully completed on Feb 8.

“The rock shed is about 99% complete and is on schedule. It is a method used by many countries, including Japan and Switzerland.

“It is also the longest rock shed in the country,” she said, adding that the other rock shed was located along the Gerik-Kota Baru road in Kelantan.

Rosnah, who visited the site yesterday, said the rock shed was proposed by the Public Works Department’s Slope Engineering Division following numerous studies of the area since 2010.

“There have been several localised landslides in the area since 1999 and we have detected 44 landslide scars.

“Different types of landslide require different solutions, depending on the severity,” she added.

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