KOTA KINABALU: The opening of the new 6km flyover at Jalan Lintas (Phase2), here, is hoped to reduce traffic congestion in the area, said State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony.He said another road upgrading project under construction is at Jalan UMS, costing RM424 million.“The work is now 31 per cent completed and the project is expected to be ready in two years (2021),” he said. 

He said the completion of Phase 1 and 2 of the Jalan Lintas project and another flyover project at Jalan Donggongan-Tambunan would address traffic congestion between Kota Kinabalu and Inanam.Anthony said the Donggongon-Tambunan flyover project is expected to start next year and should be completed in two or three years. “Of course, this would depend on approvals at the Penampang District Council level and shifting of utilities. A lot of utilities need to be moved from that area. Once this is agreed, the work can commence.“This Donggongon-Tambunan flyover is direly needed due to heavy traffic congestion in the area. We can see the road there is badly jammed during peak hours. “In light of this, we will also be looking at expanding the existing roads there to a dual- carriage way.” 

Anthony said although land matters come under the jurisdiction of the State Government, the allocation (for the project) has been approved and we hope approval will also be given for upgrading of Jalan Donggongan and Tambunan. He added that discussions would have to be held on the shifting of the Sigah monument as well as the direction of the Donggongon-Tambunan flyover. “It is our hope that a collective decision will be reached with the assistance of the assemblyman concerned. “I have also informed Penampang MP Datuk Darrell Leiking on the matter and perhaps he can have a discussion at the Penampang district level to decide on where the Sigah monument will be moved.”Anthony also thanked the Federal Government and the Public Works Ministry for the RM300 million allocation for the Jalan Lintas (Phase 2) flyover project, which also involves upgrading the existing road into a three-lane one spanning 6km from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Jalan Kolam/Jalan Lintas, and was approved by the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department in October 2015.The opening of the long-awaited flyover at the Penampang Bypass also saw Anthony handing out gifts to the first 10 cars and helmets to the first 10 motorcycles using the flyover during the ceremony. Also present was the Works Ministry Deputy Secretary-General (Policy & Development) Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar.

Source: Daily Express

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