KUCHING, Oct 6: The proposed resurfacing or upgrading of Jalan Serian to Tebedu is currently not in the government’s priority list, Deputy Minister of Works Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup said today.
In replying to Serian MP Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem during the oral question-and-answer session at the Fourth Session of the 14th Parliament in Kuala Lumpur today, Arthur said: “Based on the latest traffic volume monitoring at the census station from Jalan Serian to Tebedu, namely Federal Road 21 (FT 21), it was found that the road service level or Level of Service (LOS) is still at level A. The traffic flow is smooth and the existing road can still accommodate the current situation.”
He explained that the ministry has carried out routine maintenance in Serian Division with an allocation of RM3.4 million per year while periodic maintenance of pavement from 2017 to 2021 cost RM22.90 million.
In 2021, a total of RM5.7 million was allocated for six road resurfacing works involving Jalan Serian-Tebedu.
“Therefore, the ministry has found that the proposed project is not in the priority list for Rolling Plan 2 under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
“However, the Ministry will review the project proposal in the next Rolling Plan and if it meets the technical requirements for upgrading,” Arthur added.
The total length of the federal road in Serian Division maintained by the concession company is 109.20km, while Jalan Serian–Tebedu– Indonesian Border is 41.90km, which connects Serian to Tebedu and beyond to Entikong at the Indonesian border. — DayakDaily