BENTONG: The Works Ministry has allocated RM15mil to upgrade and rectify 30 accident-prone locations throughout the country, Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said.
He said presently, about 60% of the work had been completed on the stretches and the balance was expected to be fully completed by year end.
“In Pahang, we have identified five locations with the most number of accidents and fatalities, namely KM13, KM14 and KM15 of Temerloh-Mentakab road and KM113 and KM114 of Lipis-Merapoh stretch.
“We hope this upgrading work will improve the safety of these stretches.
“However, road users must still exercise caution and drive with care as many accidents are caused by drivers’ impatience,” he said after launching the introduction of polymer modified asphaltic (PMA) concrete in road maintenance work in Padang Tras here recently.
Also present were Health Minister and Bentong MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and state Health, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun.
On a separate matter, Shaziman said proper lighting would be installed along the Bentong-Gombak Highway after the tunnel, heading towards Kuala Lumpur.
He said the light emitting diode (LED) technology would be used to brighten the route and would cost the Government some RM18mil.
“The LED lights will provide better vision at night as these stretches are winding, dark and going downhill.
On the PMA, he said it would be used to resurface several federal roads which were damaged due to high volume of traffic, especially heavy vehicles, and floods.
Shaziman said the Government spent some RM220mil to restore federal roads nationwide and an additional RM60mil to repair state roads every year.
He said studies showed that PMA had a longer lifespan than conventional asphalt and could save up to 20% in maintenance costs.
“With this new technology from Germany, an estimated RM200,000 can be saved for every kilometre.
“Between 2001 and 2010, a total of RM500mil was spent on routine and scheduled restoration works along federal roads,” he said.
He explained that several factors such as high volume of vehicles, at about 5% increase in new registration yearly, and unexpected heavy rainfall caused the roads to disintegrate faster than the normal lifespan of 10 years.
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