GEORGE TOWN: The road closure of the main road linking Teluk Bahang to the city centre has been fully lifted for traffic.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who visited the site today, commended the Public Works Department (JKR) for the speedy rehabilitation and restructuring of the road.
“I wish to congratulate and say ‘well done’ to state JKR director Salleh Awang. Even though the job involved a hillslope, we could complete it within one week, not quite on par with Japan, but almost there.
“We thought the job would take months but finally we completed it in one week. This proves that if the engineer entrusted to carry out the responsibility gives his full commitment, everything is possible,” he told reporters.
Since Nov 7, the road has been off limits to road users, except motorcyclists at certain times, after continuous rain resulted in a landslide which brought down a section of the road. Rehabilitation works at the landslide-affected area started on Nov 9.
The incident cut off access for residents in Teluk Bahang to the city centre and also stranded hundreds of people, including Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia candidates and workers.
Lim also expressed the state’s appreciation to Works Minister Fadillah Yusof for providing an immediate allocation of RM700,000 to restore the road.
He gave the assurance that the road and hillslope along Balik Pulau-Teluk Bahang and Batu Ferringhi would be constantly monitored.
Meanwhile, the chief minister disclosed that the state government was planning to build a dual carriageway to link Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang as an alternative road in the event of a landslide.