Two new major trunk roads to be built in the next decade

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING, Jan 30: The state government is set to complete building two new trunk roads to connect different parts of Sarawak in 10 years.

The two road systems do not include the Pan Borneo Highway which is presently being constructed, said Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing.

“I would like to reiterate the state government’s commitment to deliver two major infrastructural developments over the next ten years. One, is to complete the construction of a coastal highway which will include the construction of eight major bridges, thus allowing for a seamless drive from Sematan to Miri.

“Two, is the construction of the Second Trunk Road which will be divided into two packages.

“Package A, is from Roban-Sebuyau-Kota Samarahan with the length of 118km. Package B, from Betong–Sri Aman-Lingga, Sebuyau-Kota Samarahan with the length of 148km,” said Masing while delivering his speech during the special sitting in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly today.

He said both Package A and B, with the total distance of 266km will converge at Kota Samarahan.

“The construction of these two trunks roads will reduce travelling time from Sibu to Kuching by two-and-a-half hours which will automatically save both fuel and travelling time, and will be very beneficial both to our future business communities and other road users,” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister. — DayakDaily