Friday, November 6, 2009

Govt told to build alternative dual carriageway road

BINTULU: The government was yesterday asked to construct an alternative dual carriageway to ease the heavy traffic along Jalan Tanjung Kidurong.

Kidurong assemblyman Chiew Chin Sing said the road which was built some 30 years ago with two lanes going up and two coming down was primarily meant to serve the petro chemical complexes, deep sea port and other industries in Kidurong.

“But today due to the vigorous development in Kidurong and Sungai Plan residential area, and due to it being connected to the coastal road, Tg Kidurong road is always congested with bumper-to-bumper traffic during peak hours,” he said at a press statement.

In fact, he said, the jams are so serious that the lines of cars would stretch for 10km, which is about the whole length of the road.

He recalled that the Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, in a written answer to his question during the State Legislative Assembly last May said the government had no plan yet to widen the road to a three-lane dual carriageway with a lane for motorcycles.

Noting that the tender to improve the Jalan Tanjung Batu junction near the mosque was closed last March 23, he said that although he welcomed the move to improve the Tg Batu-Bakeri Ting and Jalan Tg Kidurong junction near the mosque, the greater traffic problem along Jalan Tg Kidurong must be solved immediately.

He pointed out that when about resurfacing of the uneven surface of the first six miles of Jalan Bintulu-Miri and Tg Kidurong Road (up to Nyabau Road junction) the ministry wrote that it would carry out maintain Jalan Bintulu-Miri regularly.

Jabu, he said, also mentioned that there was a provision of RM2.5 million for resurfacing a number of sections of Jalan Tg Kidurong for a toral of 10km.

“It is good that the road will be resurfaced as it is in bad condition, but at a cost of RM250,000 a kilometre?’ he said.

He then urged the minister to enlighten the public as to breakdown of the project cost to show that the RM250,000 per kilometre is justified. He argued that the people surely want to know as it is their tax money.

“I also urge the contractor not to do the resurfacing work during peak hours like eight o’clock in the morning or after work at 5pm.

“The jam along the two-lane road is already bad, and when the road tappers off to a single lane where resurfacing work is done, the jam time doubles,” he said.

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