WE WOULD like to refer to the Opinion letter, “I am a victim of lack of signs on road under repair” by ‘Lone Rider’, which was published in the August 23, 2014 edition of the Borneo Bulletin.
The Public Works Department (PWD) is currently implementing a road improvement project in the vicinity, which is scheduled to be completed on November 17, 2014. The scope of work for this project includes the rehabilitation of dual carriageway, drainage works, earthworks and traffic safety signages.
The PWD would like to clarify that the reported accident scene was undergoing upgrading works during that period of time, and closure of the unlevelled right lane was deemed not feasible due to traffic considerations.
Several warning and speed reduction signages were already positioned starting at the 300m distance leading to the work zone.
Traffic cones and flashing lights were also in place to seal off the construction zone from the traffic and pedestrians. A ‘Temporary Work Zone’ was arranged according to Health Safety & Environment Manual Section 29.
However, it was unfortunate that a trailer had broken down and parked at the side of the road causing the motorcyclist to change lanes which led to the accident. The PWD will strives to improve the safety of the work zone, including the safety warning signages, especially for motorcyclists and cyclists.
The PWD regrets the writer’s unfortunate incident. Road users are reminded to be patient and to slow down when approaching road works. They should also take note of signages at all times.
– Public Relations Officer,
Public Works Department