The works ministry (KKR) is contemplating the upgrading and beautification proposal for the FT003 route, the Johor Bahru-Endau highway that includes accident-prone and flood-affected areas close to it, Bernama has reported. The FT003 route serves as a serious connecting highway from Kota Tinggi to Mersing, in addition to for the states alongside the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
This venture includes the upgrading and beautifying of highway sections from Part 106 to Part 118, and is predicted to incur an estimated price of greater than RM100 million, stated works minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi. The works ministry intends to endorse the proposal after discussions with the state public works division (JKR) and research on the venture have been carried out, the minister stated.
“We take into account this venture essential for the protection of lives as a result of some sections of this route are deemed black spots the place accidents often happen, leading to vital lack of life. The accident fee could be very excessive, so we’re endorsing it for the Fifth Rolling Plan, and the estimated price can also be substantial, exceeding RM100 million, the minister stated after inspecting the route.
In line with JKR information from January 1, 2021 to December 10, 2023, a complete of 103 accidents had been recorded on the FT003 route that stretches from Kota Tinggi border in Johor to Rompin in Pahang. Of those 103 accidents, 27 of those instances concerned fatalities, reported Bernama.
The route the place upgrades have been proposed often experiences flooding, highlighting the significance of the venture, Nanta stated. The highway upgrading proposal is a continuation of efforts in the direction of elevating the highway stage of route FT003 (Kota Tinggi to Mersing), that has an estimated price of RM120 million. This funding had been accredited within the Fourth Rolling Plan of the twelfth Malaysia Plan, the minister added.
At current, the 4 areas in Kota Tinggi alongside this route which have been recognized as flood-prone are Part 47 to Part 49 (close to the Rubber Board of Malaysia), Part 55 to Part 56 (Kim Lengthy), Part 59 to Part 61 (Yatama Metropolis), and Part 71 to Part 72 (Risda).
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