Kuching (Sarawak), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 – Rehabilitation of the 43.2km road connecting Miri to Marudi is progressing well ahead of its original 30-month schedule. By 25 March 2018, the road rehabilitation was scheduled to be 42.87% complete but stands at 49.28% complete – the equivalent of 6.41% ahead of schedule. CMS Roads Sdn Bhd is targeting road rehabilitation works completion of 68% by the Gawai holidays to help ensure smooth passage for commuters as they celebrate Gawai and for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday period, thereafter.
To make commuters’ passage of the road as smooth as possible over these festive holidays, CMS Roads is making every effort to expedite the road’s completion in key areas, without compromising on quality. CMS Roads is also assuring the public that they are ‘pulling out all the stops’ to make sure road users can make the road journey with as little inconvenience as possible.
The road rehabilitation began on 15 September 2016, and in view of the extensive public interest in the rehabilitation of this road link due to its unsatisfactory condition and growing importance, CMS Roads volunteered in March 2017 to provide quarterly updates on the project’s progress.
Speaking about the fifth update of the road rehabilitation, Mr Goh Chii Bing, CMS Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, commented: “We are pleased to report that notwithstanding the many challenges ranging from the road’s challenging geographical location in terms of getting materials in, weather and the need to keep the road open to users as much as possible whilst works are underway, we are still ahead of schedule, contractually. In carrying out and exceeding the project targets, we have carefully considered the different type of vehicles that access the road – before during and after the busy Gawai and Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday periods – and their impact on the road’s development and rehabilitation. After over 18 months since the project’s commencement, the focus remains on expediently providing long-lasting upgrades to the road so it is safe and fit-for-purpose for those who travel between Miri and Marudi. We are also mindful of the increase in road users over these festive periods, and so we wish to reassure Miri-Marudi road users that all efforts are being made to minimise delays to ensure smooth passage when the road is at its most busy.
“We are also grateful to have had the opportunity to brief the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on the positive progress when he made a brief visit to the site on 4 April 2018.”
Status updates for the project as at 25 March 2018
- Scheduled Physical Progress of Road Rehabilitation: 42.87%
- Actual Physical Progress: 49.28%
- Ahead of Schedule by 6.41%
- Premix Surfacing Completed: 15.83 km
- Completed Sub-Base (up to 1st layer): 39.21 km
- Completed Road Base: 28.9 km
- Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culverts: 17 completed out of 21
- Roadside Drains – Flat area: 8.5 km completed both sides. Hilly area: 2.0 km completed on both sides
- JKR and Land & Survey Department are assisting with outstanding land matters. However, CMS Roads have been given permission by the land owners to proceed with the works on the affected sections of the road and works are progressing.
CMS Roads’ next planned update on this project is scheduled for Q3 2018.