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More than half of roads in Sabah already paved

6th April, 2016

By MARRYAN RAZAN

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has a road network totalling 21,934km with 51.8 per cent or 11,355km already paved and the remainder still largely gravel paths.

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development will upgrade the remaining roads in stages with priority given to tourism, industrial and agricultural areas as well as villages with dense population.

Its Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said so far all towns and major areas in Sabah are accessible via paved roads.

From December, 2010 to December 2015 at least 4.9 more per cent of roads have been upgraded.

“However, there are still villages, agricultural areas and tourism locations that can only be reached via gravel roads,” he said when delivering his speech at the Sabah Road Day 2016 held at the Magellan Sutera Harbour here yesterday. The event was officiated by Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

Pairin said the federal Ministry of Rural and Regional Development is also involved through the provision of funds in upgrading roads in Sabah.

He urged the Public Works Department to formulate strategies to further improve the road networks in Sabah. “I hope the Road Transport Department will do more frequent checks on roads where vehicles frequently transport loads that exceed the limit,” he said when referring to errant road users who contribute to road damage.

On the problem of traffic congestion in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau, his ministry has formed various strategies and plans on systematic traffic management.

“These methods will be implemented and single lanes will be widened to become two or three lanes. More overhead bridges will be built especially in main junctions,” he said.

On other developments, the Jalan Lintas Kota Kinabalu interchange currently under construction has reached 53 per cent progress.

The federal project costs RM217.6 million and is expected to be completed by July 2017. The scope includes the construction of interchanges at Jalan Lintas-Jalan Kolam and Jalan Lintas-Jalan Tuaran Mile 5.5. Both interchanges will have three lanes.

“I hope with the completion of the project, there will be less congestion at these interchanges during peak hours,” said Pairin.

   
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