Pan-Borneo Highway in Sarawak is expected to start in October this year


The second project for the first phase of construction of the Pan-Borneo Highway in Sarawak is expected to start in October this year, said Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.

She said it involved the route from Telok Melano to Sematan, stretching 33km.

"The Sarawak Pan-Borneo Highway project commenced on March 31 involving a 43km route from the Nyabau intersection to the Bakun intersection.

"Another route segment (for the first phase) will be implemented in stages beginning next year," she said when winding up the debate on the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) for her ministry in the Dewan Rakyat today.
The Pan-Borneo Highway project involves the proposed construction and upgrading of roads stretching 936km in two phases.

The first phase covers the Telok Melano-Miri route and passing through Sematan, Kuching, Serian, Sibu and Bintulu.

The second phase involving the route in Limbang and Lawas, is expected to commence in 2018.

Rosnah said the whole Sarawak Pan-Borneo Highway project would take eight years to complete, and be fully operational in 2023.

For the Pan-Borneo Highway project in Sabah, she said it was now in the negotiation phase with the government and other parties concerned.

"The Pan-Borneo Highway concession agreement in Sabah will be finalised at the latest by the end of this year and the physical construction will begin next year," she said.

The highway with a total distance of over 727km in Sabah is expected to take six to eight years to be fully completed. – Bernama, June 11, 2015.

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