Road project linking Sibuluh to Bau to open to tender next month

Henry signing the plaque at the opening of the Tasik Biru pedestrian bridge.

By Jacob Achoi

BAU, Sept 22: Tender for the construction of the 5.4km road leading from Sibuluh to Bau town will begin next month.

According to Deputy Minister of Transport II Dato Henry Harry Jinep, the project costing about RM100 million was still in the design stage and part of the Pan Borneo Highway.

“For the road from Sibuluh to Bau town, which is the first phase of the Pan Borneo Highway to link Bau, the project will be tendered out next month.

‘At the moment, the road project, which is a dual carriageway, is still in the design stage and we are currently working on the relocation of services,” Henry told reporters today at a plaque signing ceremony at the opening of the Tasik Biru pedestrian bridge.

Henry also said the second phase of the road project from Batu Kitang to Bau will be carried out once the first phase is completed.

“For the Pan Borneo Highway to link Bau town, it comes in two phases and stretches about 12km, while the first phase is about 5.4km, the second phase is about 5.8km,” said Henry, who is also Tasik Biru assemblyman.

On the Tasik Biru pedestrian bridge, he said it is now open to the public, adding that the the project was approved at a cost of RM1 million.

He said with the opening of the bridge to the public, and with a maximum of 20 persons per crossing, the people can enjoy the miner’s trail that would take them across the lake.

According to him, the bridge was built based on the Waihi Bridge project in New Zealand.

On another note, Henry said business in Bau has increased by 30 per cent in the past five years.

“We will continue to work to have other products and attractions (in Bau) to attract more visitors,” he said.

Among them will be the construction of a platform for the people to have a nice view of Tasik Biru and its surroundings. — DayakDaily