Air-Itam to LCE Expressway bypass project to take off after 2-year delay

January 20th, 2021 Leave a comment

Image source: MalayMail.com

Heavy machinery has started arriving at the construction site of a 6km dual carriageway that is part of the RM6.3 billion three major roads and undersea tunnel (PMRT) project.

Yesterday morning, hydraulic excavators, bulldozers and soil compactors were seen transported to the construction site at Lorong Bukit Gambir where works on the highway are expected to start on February 1.

It is learnt that about 40 different types of machines will be making their way to the site in preparation for the construction works.

Other machinery and equipment that will be arriving at the site included dump trucks, bored piling machines, mobile crane, crawler crane, roller compactor, road paving machines, tandem roller, backhoe loader and mixer trucks.

The 6km dual carriageway is Package Two of the PMRT project to build a highway to connect Lebuhraya Thean Teik in Air Itam to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.

The alignment for Package Two consists of a 4.2km elevated section and a 1.8km of at-grade section.

There will be three interchanges along the road; Interchange One at Lebuhraya Thean Teik, Interchange Two at Jalan Bukit Gambir — Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and Interchange Three at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway with a left in- left out junction and an elevated U-turn.

Last week, the state government signed a supplemental agreement with Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC) which will kickstart physical construction works of the highway.

It also marked the starting point of the overall PMRT project.

Package Two is expected to complete by January 3, 2025.

The master agreement for the PMRT project was signed on August 2, 2019 and this was followed by the signing of a sub-agreement for Package Two on October 11, 2019.

The supplemental agreement to the sub-agreement for Package Two was signed on January 15 this year.

A ground-breaking ceremony for Package Two was held on November 2, 2019 in which early works were started.

The PMRT consists of three toll-free major roads and a tolled undersea tunnel.

The packages under the project are Package One (north coastal paired road from Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang), Package Two (Air Itam to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway Bypass), Package Three (Gurney Drive to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway Bypass) and Package Four (Undersea tunnel).

Source: MalayMail.com


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  1. chowkonyeow
    January 20th, 2021 at 17:31 | #1

    Good. But state government project, how fast can it be? Just look at those dug up holes in Bayan Lepas area for flood mitigation system, took 2 years to cover it back. Also look at Esplanade sea wall, how many years have it been?

  2. tahusamatahu
    January 20th, 2021 at 21:19 | #2

    Just wait and see lah….maybe 10 more years ?

  3. jack
    January 20th, 2021 at 23:05 | #3

    same tactic, blame federal gov didn’t provide enough budget to Penang, federal gov pilih kasih

  4. s560e
    January 21st, 2021 at 11:20 | #4

    Wake up lah you guys, read the article carefully ok! THE HEAVY MACHINERY HAS ARRIVED. No more talk only, we found a new main contractor to take over the project. Although their source of financing is very questionable, their reputation very questionable, are they going to use this mega project to launder money, who cares??!! I don’t care.

    • Slow
      January 21st, 2021 at 14:15 | #5

      Heavy machinery arrived so what? Park there for the next 10 years? State gov project, even if started it will be extremely slow.

  5. jon
    January 22nd, 2021 at 13:14 | #6

    haha… purposely tayang a few pictures of trucking crossing bridge. Brilliant Advertising Tactics by State !… Bravo…

    After that parked there lo…

  6. jon
    January 22nd, 2021 at 13:16 | #7

    After that, apply permit. and after that, green light obtained. after that, submit for EIA, DEA. CIA.
    then after that pameran for public viewing and gather feedback. Then solicit for inputs. Then Pilihanraya… Then

  7. JoJo
    January 25th, 2021 at 11:50 | #8

    The progress was super slow until people feel like they talk only.
    so who to blamed?
    btw since when they start to talk about this 6.3B project, I guess now have to retender because construction cost already increase so much.
    So wait again until your 5 year old children marry I think.

  8. chowkonyeow
    January 26th, 2021 at 15:26 | #9

    Trash talking aside i really do hope the project take off asap. There is only 2 small main road in and out of Ayer Itam. Ayer Itam has grown so much it deserve better connectivity.

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