JKR to inform public of temporary measures to ease Kuching-Samarahan Expressway jams this week

Wee (second right) and Minos (first right) in a meeting with relevant authorities at MBKS yesterday (Jan 4, 2022).

KUCHING, Jan 5: Temporary measures to ease traffic congestion at the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway will be informed by the Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak within this week.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said the council helped JKR Sarawak to initiate a coordination meeting yesterday (Jan 4) to discuss the matter.

“During the meeting, temporary measures have been identified which can facilitate to smoothen the traffic flow,” he said in a post on his social media after the said meeting at MBKS Headqaurters.

The meeting was attended by Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman Dato Peter Minos, JKR Sarawak officers, Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), contractor, councillors and some MBKS officers.

A meeting conducted at MBKS to discuss temporary measures to ease traffic flow at Kuching-Samarahan Expressway on Jan 4, 2022.

Lately, road users have been suffering from massive traffic congestion along the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway due to the ongoing traffic light intersection project’s construction works.

Many motorists, who must use that road either to reach or leave Samarahan, have since taken to posting their experiences on social media.

One of the complainers said they took over four hours to travel from Unimas to Ibraco, and another complained about having to leave their house in Samarahan at 5am just to reach work on time at 9am.

The expressway is now popularly known by the public as ‘Jemarahan’ (‘jem’ + ‘Samarahan’). — Dayakdaily