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Jalan Kolam & Jalan Tuaran Traffic Congestion to Be Eased by 2017

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The solution to the traffic congestion along Jalan Kolam (Luyang) and Mile 5.5 of Jalan Tuaran here in Kota Kinabalu will be delivered in 2 years time. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure Development of Sabah recently officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the construction of the long awaited fly-overs revealed that the bridges are estimated to be ready by July 2017.

According to Pairin, a fund of RM217,900,000 has been released by the federal government for the construction of the fly-overs.

Constructions of the bridges began on 9th January this year, and have achieved 0.3% of construction progress.

“The construction of the two bridges will be executed concurrently, and will take approximately 2 years to complete. During this period, traffic condition along these roads will be affected. The authority encourages public to use alternative roads if possible.” Said Pairin.

The relevant authorities are expected to release alternative route plans to minimise the traffic congestion during the construction period.

He also revealed that DBKK will designate more land as public car park and encourages the use of public transportation to enter the city. Such movement will help to reduce the number of vehicle entering the city which may cause traffic congestion.

According to Pairin, traffic congestion is a frequently raised topic, and he appreciates the funds allocated by the federal government to solve the problem. He also said, the state government has requested from the federal government the development of 11 highways in total, 2 of which have been approved whilst the remaining 9 will be executed pending for fund allocation.

“The federal government is concern of the traffic congestion issues all over Sabah. We are soliciting for the approval of funds from the federal to construct the remaining 9 highways, which will definitely ease many traffic problems across the state.” Said Pairin.

On the other note, in response to the proposal by Api Api State Assemblyman Dr Yee Moh Chai to build a light rail system in the city, Pairin said that the federal will take that into consideration for the betterment of local citizens and tourists.

Feb 10, 2015

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