Study on rubberised road shows positive progress, says Works Minister

JUNE MOH

KUALA LUMPUR: The soon-to-be implemented rubberised road technique for road resurfacing, which is still being studied, is showing positive progress, said Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Fadillah (BN-Petra Jaya) said among the advantages of road construction using Rubberised Pavement-Cuplump Modified Asphalt (CMA) include better resistance to road damage such as cracking and rutting.

“Although the cost of road construction using CMA is higher compare to the conventional method, at RM53 per meter compare to RM29 per meter but the cost of maintenance for road constructed with CMA is lower compare to the current road construction,” he told Dewan Rakyat.

He said the Public Works Department (PWD) had conducted pilot projects using CMA at three sites this year, namely Tampin, Negeri Sembilan; Baling, Kedah; and Lanchang, Pahang.

Research is being conducted by PWD and the Malaysian Rubber Board on the technology behind CMA for road construction and it is expect to be concluded early next year.

“Among the criteria taken into account is the cost of construction, the technical aspects of the construction and strength test of CMA,” he said.

He said the government would consider applying the usage of CMA across the country if it will benefit the country from a technical and cost aspect.