Half-Opened Bypass-Jalan Lintas Flyover To Ease Traffic Congestion?

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One side of the spanking new flyover across Jalan Kolam was officially opened Friday and will see a contra-flow of traffic while the second part of the flyover is under construction. – BorneoToday photo by Abang Adik

KOTA KINABALU – Motorists along Jalan Tuaran Bypass and Jalan Lintas here can heave a sigh of relief when one side of the new flyover connecting the two roads was opened for traffic, effective Friday.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the flyover could ease traffic congestion in the area, in addition to reducing travel time and giving more comfort to the motorists.

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“A part of the flyover is completed and can be used. This gives space for the construction of the other part (of the flyover) to complete the entire project by July next year,” he told reporters after attending the Jalan Lintas-Jalan Kolam Flyover pre-launch ceremony here Friday.

The construction of the 525-metre long Jalan Tuaran Bypass-Jalan Lintas flyover and the 775-metre long Jalan Lintas-Jalan Kolam flyover began early last year, with a cost of over RM217 million.

Pairin, who is also Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister said the two flyovers were among 20 flyovers planned for the state.

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Pairin, third from right, and officials from the Public Works Department as well as the contractors, join in to flag off the first vehicles across the flyover on Friday.

The construction of three other flyovers involving Lido, Penampang Bypass and Jalan Lintas would begin next year, he added.

Meanwhile, Pairin also announced that the RM1.34 billion upgrading works from two to three lanes along Jalan Petagas-Kepayan to Lok Kawi since 2013, was now completed.

He also expressed his appreciation and thanked the federal government for allocating budgets for the construction of roads in the state.