An allocation of RM423 million has been allocated by the federal government to upgrade the Pan Borneo Highway from Sabah to Sarawak.

An initial sum of RM100 million would be made available soon, and both states are expected to share the sum for the project. For Sarawak, the upgrade will prioritize the 217km stretch between Sibu and Bintulu and the 207km stretch from Bintulu to Miri.

The upgrade will see more overtaking lanes, several stretches resurfaced, and accident prone areas identified and improved.

Some might question why the government had chosen to do only upgrading work and not turn the road into a dual carriage way but such a decision was made because the current traffic volume at about 10,000 vehicles daily does not warrant such a need, he said.

According to Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Mansor, a dual carriageway will not be constructed for the Pan Borneo Highway as the ministry only constructs such highways for roads having a minimum traffic volume of 20,000 road users. The Pan Borneo Highway which passes through Sematan, Kuching, Miri and Lawas in Sarawak before cutting through various districts in Sabah including Sindumin, Beaufort, Kimanis, Kota Kinabalu and Tawau only caters for about 10,000 users daily.

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