KUCHING, Sept 19: The Rambungan Bridge which has been scrapped by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Federal Government is now taken over by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Government to provide a seamless drive from Kuching to Lundu, said Santubong MP Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaid Tuanku Jaafar.
He said in a statement the bridge crossing Batang Rambungan was initially approved by the previous administration but was scrapped after PH took over the federal government in the last election.
“We are very thankful to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for agreeing to take over the project and provide the necessary funding. Now, we are waiting for it to be tendered out,” Wan Junaidi said after making a site visit to Sungai Rayu Bridge near here today.
The RM130 million bridge, which is expected to be completed by end of 2022 or 2023 will provide greater mobility from Sematan right up to Miri via the coastal road.
Currently, travellers have to use ferry to cross Sungai Rambungan.
Wan Junaidi said there are eight other bridges which will be built to replace old ones soon. These bridges are Sungai Rayu Bridge, Sungai Belian Bridge, Sungai Loba Stoh 1 Birdge, Sungai Loba Stoh 2 Bridge, Sungai Muih Bridge, Sungai Sampadi Bridge, Sungai Kuali Bridge and Sungai Chuping Bridge.
Sungai Batang Rayu Bridge would cost RM100 mil to build. — DayakDaily