Works Ministry assures Tun Razak-Foochow Road intersection upgrade to complete in January

Bottleneck on the dual-carriageway heading to Pending caused massive traffic jam during peak hours, as construction has limited access to one lane.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Dec 6: The Works Ministry has given top priority to complete the RM2 million Tun Razak-Foochow Road intersection upgrade, which caused massive traffic congestion throughout its construction period.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii, who highlighted the problem in the recent parliamentary sitting, said he was told by the ministry that the project will not be delayed any further.

“I have been assured by the Ministry of Works that the project will be completed by January 2020, after it missed two deadlines,” he told DayakDaily.

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He added that issues relating to cables and lines of utilities, as well as congested road and heavy traffic flow daily, contributed to the delay.

“Both Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong and I are monitoring the project, as it is a protocol road and it also serves four schools nearby,” he said.

Heavy traffic at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.

Dr Yii added that in order for the project to meet the new deadline, he has met with both the contractor and the sub-contractor to convey to them the new target deadline.

DayakDaily, when interviewing few of the project workers on site, was told that the contractor will abide with the new directive. The sub-contractor highlighted that the major challenges they are facing now are the dense traffic and unpredictable weather conditions.

“We are willing to work even at night to meet the deadline,” the workers claimed.

The project was awarded to DAL HCM Sdn Bhd and work began in Aug 4, this year. — DayakDaily