Disclosing this here on Saturday, Kuala Penyu Assemblyman Limus Jury said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had approved the federal-funded project.
When completed, he said the new road would shorten the present 70km journey to here from Kota Kinabalu, bringing relief to many local residents in and around here as well as visitors.
In addition, the new road will ease traffic flow and congestion along the route following rapid development of the oil and gas industry in the nearby districts and also attract tourists to visit the district here, he added.
"This project was mentioned during the Prime Minister's visit to the district before the 13th General Election and again I brought it up to him (Najib) which he agreed when he saw the need for such road here.
"The Works Ministry has allocated RM5 million this year to prepare the project design before its implementation next year," he said during the district-level Harvest Festival celebration officiated by the Huguan Siou cum Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan at the multipurpose hall, here, Saturday.
Also present were Sabah Cultural Board Chairman Datuk Wences Angang, Beaufort Umno divisional chief Isnin Aliasnih and Kuala Penyu District Officer Edmund Teo.
To enhance the living standard of the people in the district, Limus said the Federal Government was also looking into a proposal to build Esplande Square at Sitompok Lake in the township here that will provide premises for local residents to operate small-time businesses.
Furthermore, he said he has proposed a "Cultural Village" to be erected at Kayul and efforts to bring in funding for its implementation are actively being done so that the project could kick off soon.