COST: Batang Sadong and Pandaruan bridges to replace ferry services
SADONG JAYA: ONE bridge will connect the state to another country while the other will ease travelling for the people of neighbouring districts.
This month, Sarawak received two new bridge projects, namely Batang Sadong in Sadong Jaya and Pandaruan in Limbang.
These two projects, worth RM232 million, are long-awaited developments to ease the hardship of the people here.
Lading Daka, 72, grew up having to cross the 1,480m wide Batang Sadong by boat to visit his relatives in Simunjan.
"A few years ago, a ferry service was started. Now, with the bridge to be built soon, I hope I will live to see it completed and use it," said Lading from Kampung Sungai Buloh.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor visited the Batang Sadong Bridge site for a briefing with the Works Department and KACC Construction Sdn Bhd, the project's contractor.
The work on the RM211 million bridge project will commence on July 5 and is expected to be completed in three years.
"This will be the longest bridge in Sarawak. It will reduce the travelling distance from Sungai Buloh to Sebangan," said Shaziman after the briefing yesterday.
The bridge is an important project for Sarawak as it will complete the coastal link between Sebuyau and Samarahan, with the road through Sebangan to Sebuyau having been constructed long before.
On the development of the Pandaruan Bridge in Limbang, the 200m international crossing is expected to be completed in August next year.
The RM21 million project will connect Pandaruan in Limbang to Brunei's Temburong district, which will reduce the travelling time.
Currently, travellers have to use the Malaysia/Brunei ferry service to cross the border.
Shaziman also announced a RM15 million road upgrading package for the Sibu-Bintulu road.
"I have used that road and know how bad it is. We will also upgrade the Niah and Bintulu stretch."