Sunday, October 7th, 2007
Miris first flyover opens to public
By Philip Kiew
Dr Chan heaps praises on contractor for delivery well before deadline
MIRI: The flyover at Pujut Corner, the first such infrastructure built here to help smoothen the traffic flow, was opened to the public yesterday.
This, together with the other flyover at Puchong, which would be completed before Chinese New Year in 2008, would put an end to the massive traffic jams along both stretches, especially during peak hours.
Additionally, the road from Pujut flyover would be linked to Pujut 5 and Pujut 7 roundabouts by three lanes, including a traffic light intersection to Piasau as part of the road upgrading exercise.
The RM400 million outer ring road linking Asean Bridge to Airport Road is expected to start soon. The road, to be undertaken on a five-year deferred payment concept will be undertaken by Global Upline Sdn Bhd.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin and Miri Resident Ose Murang in representing the State government performed a symbolic opening to public of the Pujut Flyover yesterday. Also present were Global Upline advisor Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing and its managing director Datuk Mohd Danel Abong, Datuk Paduka Chai Yu Lan, and Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia Chu Fatt.
This is a very big and difficult job delivered ahead of schedule with minimal disruption to the public by Global Upline, said Dr Chan at a press conference later.
He pointed to the mammoth logistic task; relocation of utility lines and construction work while keeping traffic flowing with minimal disruption during the project implementation.
This is the kind of good delivery system the prime minister is advocating as the way forward to achieving Vision 2020.
Dr Chan lambasted the opposition for claiming credit to almost every major project implemented in the State, including the traffic interchange in Pujut and Puchong here.
The opposition must have thought that Mirians are stupid who do not know what is going on, he added.
Ting agreed, saying claims that the project was made possible because of them (opposition) was totally baseless as it was the government, which approved it for implementation following the hard work and tireless efforts of Dr Chan and other BN elected representatives over the years.
Pointing to the competition for funds from the government and Miri getting its share of major projects, Ting said the support and co-operation of the federal and State governments had resulted in many mammoth projects such as the flyovers to be built here.
He said more of such big projects would come Miris way in the next few years, thanks to the efforts of the BN elected representatives here.
You may not get them today, but you can be sure to get them tomorrow or the next day as the government has the peoples welfare at heart and knows what need to be done, he said.
Both Dr Chan and Lee (Kim Shin) thanked the federal government and Minister of Works Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for approving and taking personal interest in the traffic system here.
Lee, representing Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, said much of the preparatory works were done prior to the project approval, which included raising the issue at the State Legislative Assembly when he was still a backbencher, study on the traffic volume at the gyratory and many others.