KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 13): Ten work packages under Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Highway project from Sematan to Miri had reached 71% completion as of September, said Deputy Works Minister Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup.

He said the Telok Melano to Sematan work package under the same phase of the project was completed in January 2019.

“Just like other government projects, the Covid-19 pandemic has also impacted the construction work progress of the LPB (Pan Borneo Highway) project in Sarawak, which is expected to be completed by September 2022.

“As such, various mitigation plans, including the realignment of the construction schedule and an extension of time, have been implemented to ensure that construction goes on smoothly,” he said during the question and answer (Q&A) session in the Dewan Negara here on Wednesday.

He was replying to a question from Senator Dr Nuing Jeluing about the status of the construction of the highway project.

Arthur said the project worth RM16.117 billion with 11 work packages, which commenced in October 2015, involves the construction of a 786km stretch of road from Telok Melano to Miri.

He said the Ministry of Works would continously monitor the progress of the project through regular visits and engagement sessions with the contractors and consultants involved.

“This is to measure the effectiveness of mitigation actions and make improvements to ensure completion of the project,” he said.

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