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LBU: Mile 4 ½ Interchange ready next April
Posted on : 17 Oct 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post online

LBU: Mile 4 ½ Interchange ready next April

Posted on October 17, 2019, Thursday at 12:06 AM Sarawak

Aerial view of the interchange.

KUCHING: The much awaited Mile 4 ½ Interchange here is scheduled for completion in April next year.

Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU), which is the project delivery partner for Pan Borneo Highway (PBH) Sarawak, said the interchange is one of four interchanges under Works Package 02 (Sematan to Sungai Moyan) of the project.

The others are Mile 6, Mile 7 and Mile 10 of Kuching-Serian road. According to LBU again, the four interchanges along the busy Kuching – Serian road are aimed at smoothing and shortening the journey along the highway once it is completed by mid 2021.

LBU project manager for Works Package 02, Dahlim Mungki, said the project team had now moved on to do beam launching for the seven-span structure, while the piling work (at Mile 4 ½ Interchange) has been completed.

He said so far beams had been put in place for three out of the seven spans.

“We are targeting to put up beams for the rest of the spans by end of this year.

“All seven pile caps have been completed, and we are now concentrating on the two last cross heads and abutments construction.

“We are proceeding to do the diaphragm beams, deck slabbing and eventually the parapet wall,” said Dahlim

With the current progress and productivity at site, the project team is confident that the 250m-long flyover would be structurally completed by April next year.

“However, the flyover can only be opened to traffic three months later in July (next year) when all signages and accessories are done.”

Samling Resources Sdn Bhd is the main contractor for this works package, which is the longest stretch at 95.043km, and divided into three sections, namely Lundu, Bau and KSR.

According to press reports, the federal government through the Works Ministry is taking over PBH Sarawak from LBU as part of an on-going cost rationalisation exercise.

Sarawak Public Works Department will take over the Sarawak stretch of the highway in February 2020.