AS A daily commuter from Muara to Kuala Belait for the past 14 years, I would like to raise many a concern regarding the condition of our roads which is not being taken care of by relevant government agencies.
I have to cross many road repair-related blocks during my travel on a daily basis.
I understand the government through the Public Works Department (PWD) has invested millions of dollars in maintaining all roads in good condition.
Two-three contractors are regularly busy doing their work, especially just right after Danau Filling Station and all along the Sg Liang stretch to Kuala Belait. What surprises me is the fact that patch works were done in these areas just a few months ago.
My questions to PWD are: why is this repetitive work? Is it part of the work scope? Are there any QA/QC norms to determine the quality of work while signing off completion of work?
Several times I have noticed that these workers were using only cold mixed bitumen with manual compacting to do pothole patching and I can guarantee these patches either sink or scale off within a month. Is this a gold mine for the contractors?
The worst part of these works is the traffic chaos they cause.
On a normal day you can travel to KB in one to one-and-a-half hours comfo-rtably. While during the road works it can go beyond two-and-a-half hours, and sometimes more than four hours in worst scenarios, which I have experienced personally.
Is there any set strategic work plan before the actual execution of a particular work takes place? Is there any time frame for these works? Why can’t PWD consider after-midnight shifts for the contractors?
This is being done in many major cities to avoid traffic congestion and possible accidents during peak travel hours. Such a system will be highly beneficial for both workers and road users.
And my last but not the least concern: Is there any inspection done by PWD once the project is completed?
I have encountered many times bitumen tar pebbles flying off car tyres.
So far, I was lucky because they only chipped car paint or scratched my car glasses. But think of those travelling on motorcycles? Also, the left-over tar oil can affect your braking system, considerably reducing its efficiency.
I request PWD and the anti-corruption agency and Management Services Department (MSD) to look into the matter and take corrective measures to ensure that everything is in place and the road travel is safe and secure.
– Say No To Potholes