Wednesday, 10 February 2016
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Three new centres to be built at Jelukong, Sungai Bassai and Lambir
BETONG: The Sarawak side of the Pan Borneo Highway will have three new and integrated rest and service centres and six lay-bys.
An aerial view of work being done on the Pan Borneo Highway at the nyabau-bakun Sibu-bintulu junction.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the centres would be at Jelukong near here, in Sungai Bassai in Selangau and in Lambir near Miri while the laybys would be at smaller districts.
“The land acquisition process is still in progress for these projects,” he told the media during a pit-stop on a bus journey with 26 media practitioners and his ministry officials here.
He is currently inspecting some of the approved upgrading works on the highway from Telok Melano in Lundu to Simpang Nyabau-bakun in Bintulu.
Each centre would occupy an area of 4ha and have sufficient parking bays for buses, trailers, cars and motorcycles besides a surau, eight food stalls and others, said Fadillah.
“A special feature will be the tamu for some 30 traders,” he said.
The Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak was officially launched by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Bintulu on March 31 last year.
Construction work along a 43 km stretch from the Nyabau to Bakun junctions began soon after.
When completed, the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak from Telok Melano to Merapok will span a total distance of 1,089 km.
Fadillah said the extensive upgrading will result in a more comfortable, speedier and safer journey. – Bernama