Works ministry team checks on progress of Pan Borneo highway

The Pan Borneo Expressway is expected to be a catalyst for development and eco-tourism. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: The works ministry is conducting a Pan Borneo Expressway tour starting today until Oct 1 to check on development on the highway in Sarawak.

This survey of the work is being done in collaboration with the Pan Borneo Expressway’s project delivery partner, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd.

According to a statement by the ministry, the visit will start from Telok Melano in the Kuching division and proceed to Miri.

Work Minister Baru Bian and the ministry’s secretary-general Zohari Akob will be accompanied by 100 local media practitioners.

The statement mentioned that the construction of “Package 01”, which is the 33km Telok Melano-Sematan stretch, is almost completed.

The focus is now on asphalt works and earthworks on the grass shoulder.

“This work package also includes the construction of six bridges, involving Sungai Siru, Sungai Kerambai, Sungai Pueh, Sungai Belinsah, Sungai Beduan and Sungai Samunsam, where the installation of fences and signage is ongoing.

“Upon completion, the Telok Melano-Sematan stretch is expected to further enhance eco-tourism in the coastal area,” it said.

The Pan Borneo tour will continue with a visit to “Package 02”, which is the 90km Sematan-Sungai Moyan stretch.

This involves the construction of four interchanges between Lundu and Bau at Batu 4½, Batu 6 and Batu 7.