Long Lama bridge on track to open to traffic in April next year

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Oct 25: The long-awaited Long Lama bridge project is 87.59 per cent complete and is on track to meet the March 31, 2019, deadline.

Work on this RM67 million initiative across Baram River started in Feb 2016, and the project is fully funded by the state government.

It is estimated to benefit some 37,000 residents of Long Lama, as they would be able to drive across the 573m-long bridge to Miri (Miri city is 140km away) and other areas without the hassle of using the ferry service, which operates from 7am to 9pm daily. There is often a long queue as the ferry could only hold 10 vehicles per crossing.

Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi visited the project site today. He was accompanied Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

Julaihi (wearing dark glasses, light blue shirt) and others at the project site.

In his opening remarks during a briefing session for Julaihi, Dennis proposed that the bridge be named after the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

“Because of the late Tok Nan, this project (bridge) has become a reality,” said Dennis, adding that the late chief minister performed the earth-breaking ceremony two years ago. — DayakDaily