Hawkers relocate temporarily for 1.7km road expansion project

Sharifah Hasidah (left) gives a thumbs-up before climbing into an excavator to perform the groundbreaking ceremony to launch the upgrading project at Jalan Tan Sri Abang Ikhwan Zaini.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Aug 6: Hawkers along Jalan Tan Sri Abang Ikhwan Zaini have agreed to temporarily move to other areas to carry out their businesses during the 1.7km road expansion project.

The 12-month upgrading works will transform the current two-lane road into a dual carriageway with four lanes, said de facto Law Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali today.

“The project will start tomorrow and the cost is RM5.2 million.

“This will change the landscape of the area at Kampung Semerah Padi where the residents here are experiencing traffic jams every day,” she said after the groundbreaking ceremony to launch the upgrading project.

In stating this, she emphasised that the purpose of the construction is to upgrade the road for the convenience of the people seeing that the road’s users currently sees a 600-metre long traffic queue every single day.

“It is time to expand the road for the people because it is a popular road to Matang or Samarahan,” she added.

Furthermore, Sharifah Hasidah urged the public to always be patient when facing the possible slow down of traffic flow during the construction.

She said that it would be good to minimise the number of cars using the road by using other routes in the area.

Meanwhile, she said that the road expansion project is handled by Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) under the funding of the state government. — DayakDaily