Datuk Abang Haji Kipali roundabout underpass to be completed by June

Fadillah (second right) being briefed at the underpass construction site at the Datuk Abang Haji Kipali roundabout in Petra Jaya.

KUCHING, April 20: The ongoing construction of the underpass at the Datuk Abang Haji Kipali roundabout in Petra Jaya is about 95 per cent complete and the upper section will be tar-sealed before polling day (May 9) for the convenience of voters.

Caretaker Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof told reporters that the contractor will increase the number of workers in order to complete the project by June and he had requested the contractor to tar-seal the uppermost section of the road before polling day.

“The project was delayed but the contractor and Public Works Department (JKR) are confident that it can be completed in June,” he told reporters after visiting the project together with JKR officers.

A view of the construction work in progress.

The RM67 million project started in November 2015 and was scheduled for completion in January this year. However, it was delayed due to various factors, including relocation of cables and unfavourable weather conditions.

The project was initially scheduled to be completed on Nov 25, 2017 but was delayed due to inevitable circumstances.

Fadillah added that traffic flow is expected to be smoother after completion of the underpass which will benefit more than 400,000 people.

Meanwhile, Fadillah, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) senior vice-president, said the party had yet to announce its candidates but they are always ready as they have been serving the people all this while. — DayakDaily