‘Major defects on Penang Second Bridge must be repaired quickly’

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: There are 14 serious defects on the Penang Second Bridge that need to be fixed as soon as possible, says the Auditor-General Report 2017.

An audit of the project between 2016 and 2017 revealed that there were 1,046 defects, with 21 categorised as serious defects warranting repair.

“Seven defects had been rectified in 2017. There are plans to rectify the remaining 14 defects in 2018,” the report stated.

The Auditor-General recommended that the defects to be attended to quickly, as delays would increase risk and repair costs.

Also detected were 600 defects that were deemed not serious, with 437 defects requiring monitoring only.

The report added that work orders had been issued to correct 127 defects.

The audit also noted that a RM23.93mil project to build two rest and recreation facilities had been delayed. Work on the rest areas was scheduled for completion in June.

The second bridge project began in 2008 and was completed on March 1, 2014.

The project was carried out by Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd at a cost of RM4.74bil, which was RM290mil more than the original cost.

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