KOTA KINABALU: The bridge at Kampung Piasau in Kota Belud is safe to be used by all types of vehicles, despite some erosion concerns raised by villagers.
In declaring this, state Public Works Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said this was confirmed by the Public Works Department engineering team that inspected the bridge.
“There is no need to worry, the structure of the bridge is good and strong. It just needed some repairs to prevent further erosion, and work to fix the bridge abutment is being done, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 21).
The Deputy Chief Minister explained that repair works were initially slated for Tuesday (Oct 20), but had to be postponed due to bad weather which contributed to strong river currents.
“The contractors had sent their equipment and machines over and work had started immediately, weather permitting, ” he added.
In another development, Bung Moktar said repair works on the bridge at Kampung Melangkap that collapsed due to continuous downpour on Oct 5 have been completed, and the bridge is now open to the public.
He noted that the flood-prone Kota Belud district were among the districts facing damages to public infrastructure due to frequent flooding.
“I have also instructed district engineers in other districts to monitor the situation in their areas.
“This is also part of the responsibility of our special task force to handle infrastructure-related management during disasters, which I mentioned before, ” he added.
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