WE WOULD like to refer to the letter “Road patch works a gold mine for contractors?” published in the Borneo Bulletin’s Opinion Page on December 10, 2014.
First and foremost, the Public Works Department (PWD) would like to thank the writer for his/her views about the road works that are being carried out along the Sungai Liang stretch to Kuala Belait.
Road repair works in the country are generally undertaken by contractors under the supervision of the Department of Roads, PWD, including the stretch of road from Sg Liang to Kuala Belait.
The road, which is one of the oldest in the country, connects Brunei-Muara District with Belait District. The ageing pavement structures have deteriorated over time requiring extensive repairs in recent times. The current contract for the road repairs includes various scope of works, namely the replacement and strengthening of failed pavement structures, improvement of subsoil drainage and asphalt surfacing works. In the process of carrying out these repair works, the convenience and safety of road users are of paramount importance to the department.
In this regard, the PWD would like to apologise for some of the recent works that have caused some delays and inconvenience to commuters. The PWD has an operations policy to consider carrying out work at night and avoid daytime work particularly during peak hours. However, due to technical reasons it may not be possible to do all the work at night. Being the only inter-district road and serving an average daily traffic of 2,000 vehicles, the department will do its utmost to minimise traffic delays and inconveniences. The contract for the road repairs was completed in November 2014.
On the issue of quality of works highlighted by the writer, the PWD would like to assure that proper supervision is put in place to ensure that work done complies to the specification. Nevertheless, a review will be carried out to make sure the work done is checked for compliance to avoid being redone.
Reworks due to bad workmanship or non-compliance to specifications are generally done at the contractors’ cost, however, they do cause inconvenience and delays.
Once again the PWD would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused due to road repair works and would like to seek the patience and cooperation of road users to reduce speed and observe road safety and warning signs when using the road concerned.
The department welcomes any queries or complaints which can be made via Talian Darussalam at the hotline 123, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Public Relations Unit, Public Works Department