LUNDU: Construction of the 560-meter-long Rambungan Bridge here will boost economic development and the eco-tourism sector especially in Lundu, Sematan and Teluk Melano, said Sarawak Chief Minister Datu Pinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the RM98.5 million bridge across Sungai Batang Rambungan would facilitate land travel between Kuching and Lundu.
“With this access, Lundu will the pulse of tourism development in the area, including Semantan and Teluk Melano , which are known for their attractive places, including the National Park.
“This will boost development in the area and increase the socio-economic standard of the local residents,” he told a media conference after officiating the ground-breaking ceremony for the bridge project here today.
Work on the cable-stayed bridge, which will have a 2-lane single carriageway, is expected to take 36 months.
On the Sarawak Coast Road Network project, Abang Johari said the 896 road construction from South to North Sarawak was part of an effort by the state government to improve infrastructure in the rural areas.
He said the project would also involve the construction of seven bridges, namely at Batang Saribas, Sungai Krian, Batang Paloh, Muara Lassa, Batang Rambungan, Batang Igan and Batang Lupar.
The state government, had also approved the Second Trunk Road project , he said, adding that the completion of both road projects would shorten the distance from Kuching to Simanggang, Betong, Sarikei and Sibu.