KUCHING: The state government has set aside more than RM100 million to upgrade two roads, build an underpass, and upgrade a roundabout to ease traffic snarls in the city.
This initiative involves (1) upgrading Jalan Datuk Stephen Yong Link-Jalan Batu Kawa from the current single-carriageway into a dual-carriageway, (2) build an underpass at Datuk Temenggong Abang Kipali Bin Abang Akip Roundabout, besides upgrading the roundabout, and (3) upgrade Kubah Ria Road from Semarak traffic light junction up to the E-Mart roundabout.
Work on this proposed six kilometres Jalan Datuk Stephen Yong Link to Jalan Batu Kawa project involves upgrading the Jalan Batu Kawa/Jalan Datuk Stephen Yong intersection to Mile 4 1/2 Jalan Penrissen intersection into a dual carriageway.
The open tender is tentatively scheduled for the end of next month, and construction is expected to be completed by mid-2017.
Many in said the state government decided to upgrade Jalan Datuk Stephen Yong Link-Jalan Batu Kawa because of traffic jams and safety concerns during peak hours.
The proposed underpass cum upgrading of Datuk Temenggong Abang Kipali Bin Abang Akip Roundabout project, which is expected to start soon, will cost about RM67 million. Out of this, about RM61 million would be for construction, RM4 million for relocation and shifting of utilities, and RM2 million for supervision.
The upgrading of Kubah Ria Road from Semarak traffic light junction right up to the E-Mart Roundabout is estimated to cost RM7.6 million, comprising about RM5.2 million for construction cost, RM2 million for relocation and shifting of utilities, and RM400,000 for supervision.
Meanwhile, Manyin said his Link’ministry had submitted proposals to build three or four flyovers in the city during the 11th Malaysia Plan to replace several roundabouts that was causing traffic snarls.