Work begins on Sarawak’s first international-link bridge

Abang Johari (centre, dark shirt) officiates at the Sungai Limbang Bridge earth-breaking ceremony in Limbang. From second right: Awang Tengah, Dr Jerip, Masing and Juma'ani.

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KUCHING, Oct 31: Sarawak will see its first international-link bridge, the Sungai Limbang Bridge, in 40 months after its earth-breaking ceremony in Limbang today.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the earth-breaking ceremony.

According to Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, the total cost of the 777-metre bridge is RM187 million.

The bridge which will have a double carriageway is expected to be completed in 2021.

A model of the Sungai Limbang Bridge.

“The fully state-funded bridge will link Limbang to Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei).

“It will also be the first cable-stayed bridge in Sarawak and is expected to be another iconic structure in the state,” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

He said the purpose of building the bridge was firstly to ease traffic flow between Limbang and Bandar Seri Begawan.

“Apart from providing speedy connectivity between Limbang and Bander Seri Begawan, we are hoping that the bridge will boost tourism in Sarawak, especially Limbang,” said Masing.

A section of the crowd which turned up to witness the earth-breaking ceremony for the Sungai Limbang Bridge.

He further pointed out that on the Limbang side, there is still vast areas of land suitable for the cultivation of vegetables and fruits.

“We hope with the building of the bridge, land on the Limbang side will also be opened for agricultural purposes where produce may be exported to Brunei since by then transportation of produce will be made easy,” he said.

Also present at the ceremony were the Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Assistant Transportation Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil. — DayakDaily