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KUCHING, Jan 11: Sarawak PKR leaders are urging the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation to conduct regular supervisory visits to the various stretches of the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway project to ensure road safety.
State PKR vice-chairman See Chee How highlighted a stretch between 11th to 15th Mile of the Kuching-Serian road, after receiving various complaints about its safety.
“This important stretch of road is accident prone due to its poor maintenance but yet it has to cater high traffic volume every day,” he told a press conference today.
He added that there is also a need to have more signage to alert road users and to install more street lights along this part of the road.
It was reported recently that the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation Datuk Safri Zainudin has been working together with officers from the Works Ministry, Finance Ministry and Public Works Department to carry out road defect assessment visits for the various work packages.
Hence, See also urged Safri, who is also the project director for the Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak, to immediately schedule a visit to the stretch between 11th to 15th Mile of the Kuching-Serian road to carry out the road defect assessment and to recommend the necessary maintenance and rehabilitation works.
Despite the assurance of federal and state ministers that the various packages of the Pan Borneo Highway project are progressing well, See pointed out that the same cannot be said about the construction and widening of this stretch of the road.
“This part of the road was among the first to have work commence since two years ago but it appears that the progress is slow. In recent months, the work on this stretch appears to have been stalled.”
See thus urged the relevant agencies to carry out immediate maintenance on this stretch as the surface is uneven and filled with potholes, making it dangerous to maneuver on and navigate especially for motorcyclists. — DayakDaily