Kanowit bridge is now open to public after it soft launching by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, yesterday.

The bridge costing RM52 million are among the the few major bridges – the other being Katibas and Ngemah bridges along the 102km long Kapit-Song-Kanowit road.

Yong River bridge had completed, Katibas bridge is nearing completion and Ngemah River bridge is still under consideration. A tender to build bridge over Ngemah River is expected to be done in September said Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.

Motorists could have drive all the way to kapit from Kanowit from today, had the missing link the Ngemah-Temalat road section which is about 9.6km long and Ngemah bridge was completed as schedule.

The Kanowit -Ngemah road. (Pix. JKR)

But it is “not a missing link” insisted Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development.

The government did not deliberately delay the completion of Kanowit-Kapit road construction project, said Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said delay was because of re-alignment on section of the road, the 9.6 kilometre stretch linking Ngemah in Kanowit and Nanga Temalat in Song.

Nanta said, the initial planned was for the road to go through the Ngungun Resettlement Scheme. However that road now has to be re-aligned for various reasons – including over concerns of public safety as it is so narrow and could not be widen without demolishing existing longhouses in the area.

“Traffic would endanger the safety of the dwellers of 26 longhouses especially school children,” he said.

Nanta was rebutting accusations Government deliberately delayed the project for political mileage for the coming 14th General Election.

The Kanowit-Kapit Road costing RM711 million is a vital artery to open up once isolated Kapit Division.

The completed Kanowit bridge.

[via Malay Mail Online]