Sibu airport road to be upgraded as Red Line project, says Bukit Assek rep

Chieng (right) checking on the traffic conditions in front of SMK Sacred Heart.

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SIBU, June 13: The airport road here, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, will be upgraded as part of the Red Line project.

Speaking to reporters after seeing the traffic situation in front of SMK Sacred Heart today, Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng said Senior Works Minister Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof is looking into the matter.

“A few days ago, I talked with Senior Works Minister Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof regarding the upgrading of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman as its condition is not very satisfactory. According to him, infact the government had included it into the second phase of the Pan Borneo project, but after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, they removed it,” he said.

Chieng said according to Fadillah, the ministry has classified the airport road upgrading project as a Red Line project which would be upgraded according to JKR standards.

Red Line projects are roads that are connected to the Pan Borneo Highway.

“They have already discussed it in the Cabinet and they will bring it back. So it is very good news for Sibu people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chieng said the traffic congestion in front of SMK Sacred Heart during school break hours has improved after it was included in a traffic study pilot project.

The other school chosen for the project is Catholic High School.

“Since both schools are located along the main road, traffic jams are very serious. I received many complaints from motorists that they need to spend up to 45 minutes to get through the congestion in front of SMK Sacred Heart” he said.

The congestion, he said, was caused by some parents who parked their cars along the two outer lanes while waiting for their children.

“So far so good, and parents are happy with the improvement. Unfortunately there are still a minority of parents who still insist on parking their car in one of the two lanes.

“For stubborn parents, I don’t know what to say of them. I hope they will cooperate with us as it is rather unfair for them to cause traffic jams due to their selfishness,” he said. — DayakDaily