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Ranau road damaged by landslide reopens
Published on: Friday, January 10, 2020
By: Clarence Dol

RANAU: After a month of closure, the damaged main road linking the West and East Coast, near Kg Pinausuk Ranau, here, was opened to all traffic Thursday morning to the delight of many road users.

Following the landslide on Dec 8 last year which brought down the main road linking Ranau and Kota Kinabalu, continuous work was carried out by the contractors, resulting in a fully mended stretch by Thursday (Jan 9).

Ranau Public Works Department (JKR) Chief, Mac Glen Frederick Lojuman, said the damaged stretch at Km 96.7 of the Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan road has been fully repaired.

After a site inspection with other authorities, including JKR Kota Kinabalu, on Tuesday, Mac said: 

“As stated by our Director recently, the authority concerned has been continuously repairing the damaged road.

“The road is paved with asphalt and painted with a yellow line in the middle as a divider for the two-lane road as well as on both sides.” Meanwhile, guard-rails were also installed for the safety of road users along with safety signboards to notify the motoring public.

Following the landslide, road users were forced to take alternative routes - Jalan Semuruh, Jalan Kibbas (Kampung Dumpiring), Jalan Pinausok Kundasang or Jalan Kiulu-Rondogung Ranau - to go to Kota Kinabalu from Ranau.

Now that the main road is reopened, many users expect upgrades to also be done to the existing alternative roads, considering the ill conditions of most of these roads.

Many believe this is important because natural disasters such as landslides can happen any time and are more severe if they involve damage to daily used routes.

One road user who wanted to remain anonymous said following the reopening of the Kundasang-Ranau main road, “we hope alternative routes can now be given priority for upgrading by the authorities as this is the only route in the event of a major road problem.”

“Road upgrades in this area can also help farmers to transport their produce without relying on four-wheel drive vehicles. 

“Let’s not forget that these roads are crucial to all road users during needy times,” he said.



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