‘Construction of flyovers takes time’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE construction of several flyovers in Tutong may still be a long way off as time was needed to study strategic locations for these structures, the minister of Development said yesterday.

The construction of flyovers was previously seen as an alternative to accident-prone U-turns along the highway, and they were also expected to reduce congestion.

Nationwide, eight flyovers are currently under implementation, six are in the tendering stage, four are undergoing feasibility studies and 12 in the planning stage, said Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

“Following the list that we have, there are many plans for flyover projects under the Ministry of Development — projects that are still under planning will take some time, while projects that are already in construction, InsyaAllah will be completed within the deadline,” he said.

The minister was speaking in response to questions previously raised by YB Hj Ramli Hj Lahit, who represented Tutong at the LegCo.

The LegCo member sought the construction of flyovers, after raising concerns over the issue of traffic congestion and the frequency of accidents in his district.

In his response, the minister said that at least one flyover project was under implementation in Tutong, along the Tutong-Telisai Highway, though he did not specify the project’s exact location.

YB Hj Ramli also suggested that traffic lights be installed at the U-turn at the Tutong highway near Kg Tanjung Maya to make it easier for roadusers to exit from the U-turn.

However, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said that no traffic lights will be installed at the Tutong-Telisai highway due to its 100kph speed limit, making it unsuitable. Although, there were plans to provide U-turns along the highway, he added.

The minister reassured the LegCo members that the Ministry of Development will continue to monitor the situation of traffic congestion and will build road infrastructure projects as and when they are needed.

The Brunei Times