The Sarawak section of the Pan Borneo Highway project, linking Telok Melano to Miri is expected to be fully operational and completed this year.
Harian Metro on December 4, quoted Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, as saying that the project is close to 98 per cent completion with only several more sections needing completion.
The same report said that five sections, namely Sarikei, Tatau, Bintulu, Beluru and Lambir will be fully completed early next year, while the section involving Bukit Bengunan would be completed by this year end.
This means 19 of the 25 sections of the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway have been fully completed and are now open to public.
Sabah Pan Borneo Highway
Meanwhile, neighbouring Sabah is eyeing their first phase of the Pan Borneo Highway to be fully completed in 2024.
The first phase of the project in Sabah involves 15 packages with Sabah Deputy Chief Minister III Datuk Shahelmey Yahya quoted by the MalayMail in May 2023, as saying that the overall work progress of these pacakges have reached 79.06 per cent.
Sarawak plans more highways
With the Pan Borneo Highway Project wrapping up on Sarawak’s end, the Sarawak government is now looking to further improve road connectivity within Sarawak.
MalayMail reported that Premier of Sarawak, Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg, had said that the governemnt is now looking into building coastal roads, as well as a second trunk road that would connect to the highway to towns and villages.
Aside from that, the Sarawak government is also planning a 145-kilometre road to link Marudi with Long Terawan and the Mulu National Park.