KUCHING: CMS Roads Sdn Bhd yesterday confirmed that the upgrading of the 43.2km road connecting Miri to Marudi is progressing well ahead of its original 30-month schedule.
The road upgrading was scheduled to be 12.53 per cent completed by Sept 25 this year but was 30.80 per cent completed, 18.27 per cent ahead of schedule, it said.
The upgrading began on Sept 15 last year, and in view of the extensive public interest in the upgrading of this road link due to its unsatisfactory condition and growing importance, CMS Roads volunteered in March this year to provide quarterly updates on the project’s progress.
Speaking about the third update of the upgrading, CMS Roads Sdn Bhd director Datuk Richard Curtis commented that they were pleased to report that notwithstanding the many challenges, ranging from the road’s remote location in terms of getting materials, weather, crop compensation issues and the need to keep the road open to users as much as possible whilst works are underway, they are many weeks ahead of schedule.
“In carrying out and exceeding the project targets, we have carefully considered the different types of vehicles that access the road and their impact on the road’s development and upgrading.
“After 12 months since the project’s commencement, the focus remains on expediently providing long-lasting upgrades to the road so it’s safe and fit-for-purpose for those who travel between Miri and Marudi.”
As of last Sept 25, actual physical progress was 30.80 per cent, ahead of schedule of 12.53 per cent by 18.27 per cent, and the amount of premix surfacing completed was 15.83 km, while the completed road base was 18.68 km.
Out of the 21 reinforced concrete pipe culverts, 12 have been completed. A total of eight km of roadside earth drains have also been completed on both sides of the road.
It said the Public Works Department and Land and Survey Department are assisting with outstanding land matters.
CMS Roads’ next planned update on this project is scheduled to be at the start of 2018.