RM270m Sabah road work 'ahead of schedule'


Upgrading of Jalan Kalabakan-Sapulut will cut travelling time from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu

TAWAU: WORKS Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor says upgrading of Jalan Kalabakan-Sapulut which spans more than 145km is about 10 per cent completed and ahead of schedule.

The RM270 million project that started in October last year will cut travelling time from here to Kota Kinabalu to three to four hours.

"After completion, the entire Jalan Kalabakan-Sapulut upgrading project will cost RM920,000, or about RM1 million.

"The cost may be high, but we believe it will give substantial economic returns not only to people of Kalabakan and Tawau, but also those in Sabah's east coast, including Semporna," he said after visiting the project site in Kalabakan, about 100km from here.

Shaziman said the project, scheduled to be completed in October next year, would benefit people in the interior, such as Keningau, Tambunan and Tenom.

He said the ministry would collaborate with the Road Transport Department to check on overloading and reduce road damage.

Repair works are also under way at 10 of 13 landslide locations along Jalan Tawau-Kalabakan.

He said the ministry had received approval from Ministry of Finance (MOF) to carry out preliminary work on the proposed Pulau Bum Bum bridge spanning 1.4km.

He said MOF had allocated RM25 million for preliminary work, including the design and soil tests. The bridge is estimated to cost RM430 million.

Sabah Public Works Department director Datuk John Anthony said the Federal Government had also approved upgrading work of Jalan Tawau-Semporna, covering 41km, at a cost of RM420 million. The project would start from Tawau Airport. Bernama

Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor (second from right) checking the details of the upgrading of the 145km Jalan Kalabakan-Sapulut in Tawau during a visit to the project site. Pic by Zunnur Al-Shafiq

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