Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DUN (Day Six): Kuching Outer Ring Road to be upgraded

Posted on June 28, 2011, Tuesday

KUCHING: The government plans to divert traffi c from Serian to Samajaya in its effort to ease traffi c congestion in the Mile 10 to Mile 15 stretches, Senari and Pending area through a Kuching Outer Ring Road project.

The planned project would by-pass the Mile 10, Mile 7 and Mile 3 of the Kuching-Serian Road, said Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong when delivering his winding-up speech yesterday.

Manyin was responding to questions raised by Wong King Wei (DAPPadungan) where he replied that the state would also be upgrading the Kuching Outer Ring Road into a dual carriageway.

“The design of the project at an estimated cost of RM50 million is already completed. After this, a review would be made with regards to the construction of a dual carriageway between Mile 10 and 15 of the Kuching-Serian road,” he added.

As regards to the issue on the proposed Marudi-Miri road raised by Ling Sie Kiong (DAP-Piasau), Manyin explained that the government has plans to extend the road network to Marudi with priority for a road to be constructed from Long Lama.

He highlighted that the federal government has agreed to construct a 52 kilometre (km) road linking Miri to Marudi. The project would be undertaken on a fast track basis by the Defence Ministry under its Jiwa Murni Programme.

On a matter also raised by Ling pertaining to the construction of a road bypassing the Brunei territory linking Miri-Long Lama-Limbang -Lawas-Merapok all the way to Sindumin in Sabah, Manyin highlighted that a study has been carried out on the proposal.

“The proposed Sarawak-Sabah Link Road is approximately 275 km with an estimated cost of RM3.5 billion. Its implementation will depend on the approval from the federal government and availability of fund.”

Meanwhile, responding to Alexander Vincent (BNNgemah) on construction of roads from Ng Poi to Ng Ngungun and from Ng Ngungun to Ng Jagau, Manyin said the proposed projects are awaiting approval from the Finance Ministry to award the contract.

Responding to Aidel Lariwoo (BN-Sadong Jaya) on the request for the construction of Sg Sadong and Sg Samarahan bridges, Manyin said that the Btg Sadong Bridge project is scheduled to start in 2012 and that the Public Works Department would open tender this year.

As for the Btg Samarahan Bridge, he mentioned that the design has been completed and the proposal has been submitted under the Rolling Plan 3 (2013-2014).

Manyin also responded to Ricky @ Mohd Razi Sitam (BN-Saribas), stating that ferry services would be provided at the Batang Lupar crossing to connect existing Sebuyau Road at Triso once the ferry ramps have been constructed.

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