1:47 pm - Saturday November 25, 2017

Sabah’s game-changing Sepanggar Tunnel to open on Saturday

TEROWONG SEPANGGAR / KOTA KINABALU

MO,14/11/2017, KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s first twin tunnel, which cuts through several hills, will be officially opened to road users this Saturday. The 600 metre Sepanggar Tunnel is a dual carriageway which shortens the travel distance between Sepanggar port and the state capital.

The RM81.5 million project, under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), was completed two years ago in a time span of 56 months. Implemented by Azam Jaya Group and supervised by the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia), the project also includes a 2.5km-long highway.

In his speech launching the tunnel on Tuesday, Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said the new infrastructure project will further boost the state’s economy, particularly in the sectors of manufacturing, logistics and export-import operations.

“This will shorten the travel distance in transporting goods to Sepanggar port, thus speeding up the operation and movement of containers in line with plans to expand the port. “This alternative route will also help reduce traffic congestion and create a more comfortable economic environment,” he said.

Musa’s speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister cum State Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. The establishment of the tunnel shaves about six kilometres or 15 minutes’ travel time off the current route of Jalan Teluk Sepanggar.

“More road upgrading programmes under Sedia will be implemented to support development in (Sepanggar). “We are also looking at enlarging the Universiti Malaysia Sabah-Sulaman road to accommodate increased traffic through funding by the federal government,” said Musa.

Translated from Berita Harian

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