Rimba roadworks raise concerns

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A GRASSROOTS leader has voiced concerns over roadworks along Jalan Rakyat and the traffic issues associated with it.

STKRJ Kg Rimba Village Head Abdul Wahab Timbang said the construction work has been going on for over a year now and that it has resulted in traffic jams that often last over an hour.

He said this issue could be elevated during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

He said the area encounters traffic jams around 7am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

“That is during regular days. This month is already Ramadhan... that means Raya is not that far away. If the road is not done by then, the traffic could be worse,” he said yesterday.

He said there are multiple factors that contribute to the traffic jams. These include confusing road signs, motorists disobeying rules and regulations, the construction work and people not using different routes.

Although the village head believes the road’s construction is showing progress, Abdul Wahab said the road may not be completed by Raya.

He went on to advise road users and residents to ensure they drive safely and be patient to ensure others’ safety.

He added that road users should also try to use different routes to reduce traffic at the area until the new two-lane road opens.

“They have to be patient because, in the end, the development is for the people. It is from the government for the people. It is hard now but after the completion, it will be better,” he said.

Abdul Lamit Timbang, a resident of the area, said the road construction could negatively affect the Raya celebration.

He said the construction will result in high traffic and many of the families visiting the residents will be stuck in jams.

He also pointed out a lot of accidents have occurred in the area. He believed the traffic system needs further development to ensure smooth flow of traffic, especially during the Raya celebration.

Hjh Nurul Adibah Hj Mohd Hussain, another resident at the area, said the road works and ensuing traffic might make it difficult for her family and friends to visit during the Raya celebration.

“During working days, the residents are already stuck in traffic for over an hour... Imagine if there are people from other villages coming here to visit their family and friends, the road will be congested,” she said.

The Brunei Times