LABUAN: At least 35 per cent of the road users in the duty-free-island here will enjoy smoother traffic flow once the RM125,128, 574.16 coastal road project linking the residential areas to the town centre is completed by end of next year.
The design-and-build coastal road project from Membedai to Tanjung Aru which is one per cent ahead of schedule commenced in December 2017 and would improve Labuan’s connectivity and ease traffic congestion along Jalan Tun Mustapha.
Member of Parliament for Labuan Datuk Rozman Isli said the project once completed would help the road users from Kg Lajau, Tanjung Aru, Kerupang 1, 2 and 3, Nagalang and the nearest villages and residential areas to have a smooth traffic flow to the town centre.
“This is part of the Labuan Development Blueprint 2030 to improve the connectivity on the island, certainly for the Labuan folks and to regain the investors’ confidence,” he told reporters after attending the project briefing by Public Works Department (PWD) and site inspection today.
He said the road infrastructure would promote the economic growth of the surrounding areas through the spillover effect.
PWD Labuan director Ir. Ir. Alfred Sim Seck Puan said the project was smoothly implemented, nevertheless, there might be anticipated delays beginning July due to the land acquisition issues.
“But, we believe the hearing process (which among others to include the compensation issue) to be conducted by Department of Director General of Lands and Mines Federal (KPTG), contractor, relevant authorities and the land owners will be resolved amicably and the project could be implemented smoothly,” he said.
He said a total of 21.1 acres of the total 49.93 acres affected for the coastal project owned by 54 owners (54 lots), and the remaining owned by KPTG and government.
On the RM33.6 million Pohon Batu-Pancur Hitam (Phase 2) road upgrading project, Rozman said was being implemented 14 per cent ahead of schedule.
He said the project commenced in August 2017 would complete by August 2020 and expected to ease the traffic flow from Kg Ganggarak, Kg Lajau to the town centre.
“It is an upgrading road project from single carriageway to dual carriageway which is spanning about 2.409km.
“The two projects will bring an end to many years of pain for commuters and motorists especially those using the Jalan Tun Mustapaha on daily basis.
“It is going to improve traffic flow, it is going to improve safety in this local area…this what the people have been screaming for,” he said.