| Azlan Othman |
SOME 9,000 daily commuters from the Mukim Lumapas and Mukim Sungai Kebun areas will travel with ease once the bridge connecting Jalan Residency to Sungai Kebun is completed at the end of June next year, thus reducing heavy traffic during peak hours at Jalan Bengkurong-Masin and Jalan Tutong, which are used daily by residents from both mukims.
This was revealed by the Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Suyoi bin Hj Osman.
The $138.9million construction project, started in July 2013 as part of the 10th National Development Plan, is about 37 per cent completed and the pylon has now reached 30 metres above sea level, with another 100m to go.
It is being carried out by Daelim Industrial Co Ltd venture Swee Sdn Bhd and handled by the Public Works Department (PWD)’s Roads Department.
The minister was met after he descended from a 30m pylon that is under construction during his site visit yesterday at Jalan Residency.
He further mentioned that Jalan Residency will also be widened to accommodate the expected traffic following the bridge project’s completion.
The project will also open more opportunities for socio-economic growth in Mukim Lumapas and the surrounding areas.
“There is a walkway for pedestrians and also cyclists… But it is (to be) shared with the road users.
“Villagers affected by the construction project on the other side of the Brunei River will be allocated with houses for them to move into once the project continues across the river.
“They are ready to move out whenever appropriate.
“The project is running as planned and is now ahead of schedule, provided no issues arise at the other side (of the river),” said the minister.
The bridge, the first of its kind to be built in the country, has a cable style design and measures 157m in height, while a pylon is also being built to hold the 505, ‘box girder’ covering 60 cables crossing the Brunei River, which is about 300m.
The project also involves core works, such as the construction of a 157m-high pylon, six piers, a 50m tunnel, retaining of wall to prevent erosion and a 622m box girder crossing the river.
Once completed, the bridge will have a gallery, a control room and a foyer.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Suyoi also toured the tunnel site across the Jalan Residency road, which is part of the project, before seeing the flyover along Jalan RIPAS-Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja, another 10th National Development Project, costing around $20.2 million and scheduled to be completed the end of this year.
The latter project, implemented by Tobishima (Brunei) Contractor Sdn Bhd and handled by Jurutera Tempatan Consultant, is to facilitate the movement of traffic for road users wishing to go to Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja from Jalan RIPAS.
The scope of work includes the building of a 60m bridge crossing Jalan RIPAS, the installation of traffic lights, retaining of wall to prevent erosion and the installation of a service line.
The project is a follow-up of the plan put forth by the Ministry of Development (MoD) in an effort to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable road networking system as well as to reduce traffic congestion.
Also present for the site visits yesterday were the Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional) at the MoD, Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi bin Hj Gafar; Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) Hj Muhammad Lutfi bin Hj Abdullah; Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Marzuke bin Hj Mohsin, and other senior officers from the ministry.