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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Jan 11: The 786-kilometer Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway which stands at 91 per cent completion as of December 2022 will be fully completed in the third quarter of 2023.
Works Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi announced the latest progress in his new year address and JKR monthly meeting of Jan 2023 where the main points are shared on his social media page.
“The progress status of the 11 packages from Telok Melano of Kuching to Miri is 91 per cent completed as of December 2022. It will be fully completed in the third quarter of 2023,” said Nanta, who is also Kapit MP.
Apart from Pan Borneo Highway, Nanta said Phase 1 of the Sarawak Sabah Link Road (SSLR) connecting Bandar Lawas to Long Lopeng (Lawas-Long Lopeng Intersection) is expected to be completed on Jan 8, 2026.
The stretch of 77-kilometer road costing RM1.2 billion is part of SSLR’s three packages, which upon completion will connect Sarawak to Sabah, without having to pass through Brunei.
At the same time, Nanta stated that one of the Works Ministry’s priorities is to repair all JKR assets affected by natural disasters where emphasis will be placed on road infrastructure.
He said repair works and continuous monitoring will be carried out immediately as road connectivity is the people’s right.
Meanwhile, Nanta also announced that Phase 1 of Sabah Pan Borneo, estimated to be of length 796 kilometre is at 71 per cent completion as of December 2022.
“The 15 packages are currently being implemented with a progress status of 71 per cent as of December 2022. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025,” he said. — DayakDaily