KOTA KINABALU: Thirty work packages of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sabah will be awarded within this year said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
"It is still in the stages of design finalisation but the remaining 30 work packages will be awarded throughout the year of 2017.
"Two packages, one a 46.5km stretch from Jalan Sindumin to Kampung Melalia, and the other, running from Kg Lot M to Sandakan Mile 32, have begun this year," said Pairin in his winding up speech at the 14th assembly sitting here.
Another three work packages involving 23.5km have started in March last year.
Meanwhile, Pairin who is also state Infrastructure Development minister, added that there would be continuous upgrading works and construction of roads in the state to boost economic development and ease traffic congestion in major towns such as Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Keningau and Lahad Datu.
He added that allocations of RM115.4million has been set aside to build and upgrade nine roads, six slopes and two bridges at areas of tourism, agriculture and industrial interest.
"As in the 11th Malaysia Plan on management in traffic congestion, the Public Works Department had identified 338 intersections, roundabouts and U-turns in Sabah (in need of upgrade) at a cost of RM50 million but the implementation depends on financial approval from the government."