SIBU: Work to upgrade the 11.5km undulating stretch of Tuanku Abdul Rahman Road from Mile 12 to the roundabout will commence soon.
Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said the government had approved RM15 million for the upgrading work.
“Pending unforeseen circumstances, the road upgrading work should be completed by the end of this year,” he told reporters after visiting the stretch with Sibu Division chief engineer Tiong King Wei.
The sections to be upgraded include the 9.5km stretch from the roundabout to Sibu town and about 2km from Sibu town to the roundabout.
Wong regarded the upgrading work as vital in helping to improve traffic flow in the area.
He said the contractor would be using the cement stabilisation technology to upgrade the road.
“The road is a vital link serving the people from Sibu Jaya to Sibu town. Outstation travellers from Mukah, Kanowit, Durin, Bintulu or even Miri are also using the stretch daily.”
Wong said this would be the first phase of upgrading works for the road that is prone to sinking.
“Upgrading works under Phase II will start immediately once we receive the funds,” he added.
On another matter, Wong said work to improve areas surrounding the headquarters of Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Sibu Chapter at Awang Ramli Amit Road would commence soon.
He admitted the cement floor surrounding the building was cracking, hence posing safety risks to motorists and pedestrians.
“Once the upgrading is completed, MRC members can use the place to hold activities,” he added.- theborneopost