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RM65m Yayasan Flyover ready next year
Published on: Thursday, April 09, 2015
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Kota Kinabalu: A RM65 million road interchange is expected to provide the much needed facelift to Likas Bay once it is completed next year. Sabah Public Works Department (PWD) Director Amrullah Kamal said the project will see a new flyover, dubbed Yayasan Flyover, to be constructed right over the existing Yayasan roundabout."Currently, we are building access roads on both sides of the existing roads to prepare the groundwork for the construction of this flyover. Once the temporary roads are completed, all traffic will be diverted and the road starting from the bridges in front of Yayasan Sabah to the road in front of Innoprise Building will be closed," he said.

This, he said, will create a hoarding area in the middle of the whole road system so that the contractors can do their jobs safely and away from the busy traffic.

The project will upgrade the 1.8-kilometre Jalan UMS to a dual three-lane carriageway, construct a 1.1-kilometre new dual two-lane carriageway as well as build a bridge approach using MSE (Nehemiah) walls.

Other activities include the construction of piled foundation for MSE wall and embankment fill, road pavement works and pedestrian sidewalk, roadside drainage and cross culverts, road marking, traffic signs, signal metering and road safety.

The existing services and streetlights will also be relocated.

The completed road system will get rid of the existing roundabout and create free flow and uninterrupted traffic from Sepanggar area into Kota Kinabalu.

"The project started on Dec 22 last year and will take 16 months to complete, with its expected date of completion on April 21 next year," he said. Amrullah revealed that there is between four and nine per cent growth of traffic on the road and the highest growth traffic comes from Sepanggar into Kota Kinabalu.

"Next year is the start of the 11th Malaysia Plan and I have a five-year plan, through 2020, to overcome traffic congestion not only in Kota Kinabalu but also throughout Sabah.

"I am aware that the traffic jam in Keningau, Tawau, Sandakan has become quite unbearable and we are doing what we can, through various means including fostering better inter-departmental relationship with other government departments, to ensure that our projects can be implemented smoothly and efficiently," he said.

The Federal-funded Yayasan flyover project was first announced by Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan in 2012, which he said would help smoothen traffic flow along the main roads in and around the city.

Meanwhile, Amrullah said works are underway for the construction of another flyover along Jalan Lintas-Jalan Kolam and Jalan Lintas-Jalan Tuaran Batu 5½.

"So far, the progress is at 1.75 per cent and we are expecting the project to be fully completed within 30 months, in July 2017.

"I would like to apologise to those who live near the area. Please bear with us and tolerate our nagging presence and work because we are doing this for the benefit of the larger community and for our future," he said.



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