Kuching (Sarawak), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 – Overcoming adverse weather conditions – including recent flash flooding – and braving rough terrain, the team at CMS Roads Sdn Bhd (CMS Roads) has reported that the rehabilitation of the Miri-Marudi road is both ahead of schedule and nearing its completion. Now in its final stages, CMS Roads has reported that a key focus area will be to ensure that the renewed road meets or exceeds the applicable road safety standards, helping to ensure the wellbeing of all those who travel between Miri and Marudi.
As of 25th January 2019, upgrading of the 43.2km road connecting Miri and Marudi is almost 3% ahead of its original 30-month schedule with more than 98% of the road rehabilitation complete. The latest major accomplishment reported by CMS Roads was the completion of premix surfacing works for the entire 43.2km stretch. Road users can now expect a smooth journey ahead of the forthcoming Chinese New Year celebrations when traffic is anticipated to increase as residents from both Miri and Marudi ‘balik kampung.’
Speaking about the latest update, Mr Goh Chii Bing, CMSB Group Chief Executive Officer – Operations, said: “January has been a milestone month for the Miri-Marudi road rehabilitation project with the premix surfacing complete. At the start of the project, we made a commitment that the road would be completely premixed before Chinese New Year 2019 and we have delivered on that promise. We’re proud of the efficiency and steadfastness of the CMS Roads team to reach this stage of the upgrading ahead of schedule; a herculean achievement given the many challenges along the way.
“As the project’s conclusion date draws near, and recognising recent media reports, I want to reassure the general public – especially the communities served by the road – that CMS Roads will continue to work with JKR on additional safety features, including signages, warning motorists about speed limits and potential hazards. On that point, I’d also like to stress that it’s of paramount importance that all road users take extra precautions when navigating stretches of the road that are particularly narrow or winding,” added Mr Goh Chii Bing.
Components of the upgrading process are already finished, with the road’s base works, premix surfacing, cement stabilisation works and pipe culvert installations all complete. The focus now is to complete the remaining installation of guardrails, painting of road lines and turfing works, and all these are expected to be completed by the end of February 2019.
The next and final update from CMS Roads is scheduled for end of Q1 2019, upon completion of this road rehabilitation project.