JOHOR Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Hasni Mohammad yesterday visited the Sungai Pulai Bridge project site, which is scheduled for completion in October 2021.
Seaport Worldwide Sdn Bhd chairman and MMC Corp Bhd group MD Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh welcomed Hasni for his site visit.
Others present during the visit were Johor Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri, Johor state financial officer Datuk A Rahim Nin, Iskandar Puteri mayor Salehuddin Hassan, Johor Baru district officer Abdul Rahman Salleh, respective heads of departments, government agencies and project stakeholders.
The approximately RM700 million project is a public-private project, which involves the construction of a bridge crossing Sungai Pulai and link road from Gelang Patah to Tanjung Bin, has achieved 34% progress to date.
The 7.5km two-lane two-way bridge with a navigational clearance of 25m high and 100m width will provide direct access from Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas in Gelang Patah to Tanjung Bin in Pontian.
The new bridge will significantly reduce travel time to 15 minutes from the current land route, which normally takes about an hour.
This will improve the connectivity of the two districts, Gelang Patah and Pontian, which will result in a strong economic multiplier effect to surrounding areas.
In his speech, Hasni said the progress of the project was evidence of ongoing infrastructure developments to boost Johor economy and attract more foreign direct investment and domestic direct investment to the state.
“Upon completion, the bridge will spur the socio-economic and developments of surrounding areas which will also benefit the Tanjung Piai tourism industry,” he said.
Che Khalib said despite the Covid-19 situation, the construction of the bridge was progressing well according to schedule.
“This would not have been possible without the support from the state government and authorities,” he added.
Seaport is the project proponent for the construction of Sungai Pulai Bridge and master developer for Tanjung Bin Industrial Park. MMC Engineering Sdn Bhd and joint-venture partner CHEC Construction (M) Sdn Bhd are the main contractors for the project.