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KUCHING, Jan 19: The traffic congestion along Mile 6, Mile 7 and Mile 10 due to construction of the Kuching-Serian Road Section of the Pan Borneo Highway is expected to ease in the next four months as contractors have given assurance that work would be completed by early May.
With the extension of time (EOT) granted as a result of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak informed that the construction work involving four flyovers at Mile 6, Mile 7 and Mile 10, which is one of the alignments under Work Package Contract 02 (WPC02), are currently being actively implemented.
Meanwhile, the flyover at 4 1/2 Mile has been completed and opened to the public on March 10, 2021.
As for the Mile 6 flyover interchange, JKR Sarawak reported that construction of the flyover structure has been completed and at present, the contractor is actively carrying out construction of abutment structure at Section B of the flyover as well as road construction works.
“At the same time, construction of abutment at Section A of the flyover has reached 90 per cent.
“The Mile 6 flyover construction is scheduled to be completed and open to the public as early as May this year,” JKR Sarawak said in a statement issued yesterday.
Similarly for Mile 7 flyover interchange, the flyover structure has been completed and the contractor is currently actively carrying out construction works for abutment whereby Section A has reached 85 per cent and Section B at 40 per cent as well as road construction works.
“The construction of Mile 7 flyover is expected to be completed and opened to the public by April,” it added.
For the Mile 10 flyover interchange, JKR Sarawak reported that its structure has been completed while contractor is now working on the abutment construction for Section A with progress has reached 90 per cent and Section B at 70 per cent, as well as road construction works.
“The construction for Mile 10 flyover is expected to be done and opened to the public by April,” it said.
JKR Sarawak assured that it will continue to ensure contractors complete all construction works according to schedules as per contracts despite facing various challenges such as movement restrictions, shortage of workers including foreign workers to re-enter the State after several series of MCO, land issues, relocation of utilities and traffic congestion problem.
“Contractors have also given their commitment to complete related works as agreed.”
While construction works are still ongoing, JKR Sarawak advised the public to abide by all road rules including driving according to speed limit and to follow the traffic signages erected. — DayakDaily