BATU PAHAT – A total of 159 bridges nationwide will be upgraded within the next two to five years to repair and accommodate heavy vehicles for commercial use.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said a study had been undertaken to identify the bridges that needed to upgraded to meet current needs.
“We have conducted research and identify several bridges that required upgrading to accommodate heavy loads besides the condition of old bridges,” he told reporters after attending a briefing on the Parit Keliling bridge project near here today.
He was commenting on the status of old bridges that needed to be upgraded, including those in Johor.
it is learned that out of the 159 bridges, 19 are at a critical stage and needed to be upgraded within two years while another 140 bridges are expected to be upgraded in the next five years.
“The study is done, what we need is an allocation. For the 19 bridges, we expect the cost to exceed RM80 million,” Fadilah said.
Among the bridges in Johor listed for upgrading is Sungai Nibong Bridge in Batu Pahat. – BERNAMA