Reduced Travel Time Between Betong and Sri Aman

Posted on 15 Mar 2024
Source of News: New Sarawak Tribune
Uggah (14th right) poses for a group photograph during the inspecting at the project site of the bridge.

SIMANGGANG: The Batang Lupar Bridge 2, recognised as the tallest cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia upon its completion in July, 2025, will also shorten travel time between Betong and Sri Aman.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the bridge, costing RM223.6 million, is at a height of 145.5 metres and spans 870 metres long.

“This will be a new pride for the people of Sri Aman because not only is it famous for its caves and Bujang Senang, it also has the tallest cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia.

“Moreover, the travel distance between Betong and Sri Aman will take only about 20 minutes with a distance of 24 kilometres,” he said in a press conference after inspecting the project site here yesterday.

Currently using the Pan Borneo Highway, he explained, the travel distance between Betong and Sri Aman is approximately 75 kilometres and takes more than an hour.


Uggah (centre) attends a dialogue session with Simanggang assemblyman Datuk Francis Harden Hollis (left) and others.
“I am happy with the current status of the project, which is 43.68 per cent completed, ahead of schedule.

“I hope it can be completed by July 2025 as it will open up areas for agriculture,” he said.

The ongoing Batang Lupar Bridge 2 project.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development added that there is vast land that can be developed for agriculture alongside other economic activities.

He expressed appreciation to Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg for approving the project, which serves as a catalyst for rural transformation.

According to Uggah, there have been requests from local elected representatives for other facilities to be built around the bridge.

“The representatives have requested facilities such as parking spaces, rest areas, and mini clinics.

“This is because we anticipate that when completed, this iconic bridge in Sri Aman will attract many visitors,” he said.

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Last Updated On 01 Apr 2024

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