Kuching (Sarawak), Friday, 19 January 2018 – Following a courtesy call made to YB Datu Dr. Penguang Manggil, Assistant Minister of Local Government at his office today, to update him on the on-going Miri-Marudi Road upgrading works, CMS Roads Sdn Bhd have confirmed that the upgrading of the 43.2km road connecting Miri to Marudi is progressing well ahead of its original 30-month schedule. By 25 December 2017, the road upgrading was scheduled to be 27.98% complete, but stands at 35.67% complete – the equivalent of 7.69% ahead of schedule – and the upgrading of the road which is JKR Sarawak (R1) standard. CMS Roads is targeting road upgrading works completion of 41.5 % by Chinese New Year (CNY) to help ensure smooth passage for commuters as they celebrate the Lunar New Year.
To make commuters’ passage of the road as smooth as possible over the CNY period, CMS Roads is compacting subgrade and laying a stone base from the ferry end of the road with an additional 1km expected to be completed by CNY. CMS Roads is 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 upgrading began on 15 September 2016, 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 2017 to provide quarterly updates on the project’s progress.
At today’s meeting with CMS Roads, YB Datu Dr. Penguang Manggil appealed to CMS Roads to do all it can to make the road passable to traffic especially for CNY as more people are travelling back to Marudi. He said: “I appreciate that the upgrading of the road is ahead of contractual schedule, but I urge CMS Roads to do whatever is necessary to make it passable during the current rainy season, especially during the CNY celebration. It is the only access during this peak travel period as air access is limited and express boat service has ceased operations.”
Speaking about the fourth update of the upgrading, 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 well 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 and their impact on the road’s development and upgrading. After 15 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. We are also mindful of the increase in road users over the CNY period – and the recent bad weather – and so we wish to reassure Miri-Marudi road users that all efforts are being made to minimise delays to ensure smooth passage throughout the CNY period.”
Status updates for the project as at 25 December 2017:
- Scheduled Physical Progress of Road Upgrading: 27.98%
- Actual Physical Progress: 35.67%
- Ahead of Schedule by 7.69%
- Premix Surfacing Completed: 15.83 km
- Completed Road Base (up to 1st layer): 31.20 km
- Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culverts: 17 completed out of 21
- JKR and Lands & Survey Department 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 Q2 2018.