SIBU: The repair to the slope failure at kilometre (KM) 26 Sibu-Bintulu Road near here has been completed, said Sibu Resident Charles Siaw.
He said based on his discussion with Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU), the situation was noticed at 7.15am today.
“Immediate action was taken by the contractor to install the temporary traffic signage and flagmen to assist the public. LBU will investigate the cause of the failure. Repair has been completed,” Siaw told The Borneo Post when contacted today.
Earlier, Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira had advised road users to exercise caution when travelling along Sibu-Bintulu route, following the cave-in at kilometre 26 Sibu-Bintulu Road.
“The stretch of road (where is a cave-in) is under the Pan Borneo Highway (project). It is clearly stated under contract that the contractor is responsible to repair any damage to the road,” he said.
Gira also observed during his visit to Selangau last week that many stretches of Pan Borneo Highway were in poor condition.
“Therefore, I hope the Minister-in Charge (Baru Bian) can immediately look into this.”
He further pointed out that road users can take legal action against contractor if an accident is caused by bad road condition because of construction work.
Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai explained that while Stapang is
under their jurisdiction, road maintenance comes under Public Works Department (JKR) and LBU.
“As for council, we urge road users to take necessary precautions not only at the road cave-in area at Mile 26 Stapang, but throughout Sibu and Bintulu road where the construction of Pan Borneo Highway is on-going.
“I also take this opportunity to urge the contractor and LBU to be more vigilant during this month of December in view of the monsoon season. Therefore, damages to road, including sunken stretches might happen along the said road,” Sempurai said.