2/10/2012: FIVE small high-impact projects being implemented along Jalan Kota Kinabalu to Sindumin, Sabah, are expected to be completed by year-end, the house was told yesterday.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng said the projects involved resurfacing of roads, building overtaking lanes, raising the road levels and upgrading accident-prone spots.
"The government is committed and gives priority to improving the road system and developing infrastructure in Sabah," he said in reply to Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan), who had asked when Jalan Kota Kinabalu/Beaufort to Sindumin would be upgraded to a dual carriageway.
The high-impact projects include upgrading of the main roads that connect Sabah's west coast from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, Beaufort, Sipitang and Sindumin, near the border with Sarawak.
The roads are among those identified for upgrading by the National Road Network (Sabah and Sarawak) Development Master Plan Report.
Yong said implementation of the projects would be done in stages as the involved a high cost, which is estimated at RM2.2 billion.
"Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the government has approved an allocation of RM198 million to turn Jalan Donggongon-Papar Spur into a two-lane dual carriageway.
"Tender for the 13.7km road project is expected to be called by the end of this year."
The government had also approved an allocation for the construction and upgrade of two other main roads on the Sabah west coast.
The upgrading of Jalan Kepayan (Phase 1A) will cost RM69.8 milllion, while the construction of Jalan Sipitang-Sindumin amounts to RM21.8 million.
"These two projects will be implemented no later than the first quarter of next year.