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The Package 2 Project, which involves a 6-kilometer road bypass from Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway to Air Itam to disperse traffic, is planned to be finished in 36 months, by January 31, 2025.

The RM851 million project, according to Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, will distribute traffic, especially in congested regions, and provide the public with a shortcut to shorten travel time from 40 minutes to five minutes.

Chow explained that the 6km Package 2 alignment included a viaduct structure (spanning 65 percent), a series of tunnels at three locations (20 percent), and the rest being at-grade roads, with three intersections connecting the Package 2 alignment to Thean Teik Highway in Air Itam, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah/Bukit Gambir, and the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway.

He explained that the Package 2 alignment was separated into six portions, and that the project’s implementation rate was now at 8%, compared to the aim of 6%.

He went on to say that the Package 2 Project’s implementation included the repossession of privately owned land, the release of federally owned land, and permission to enter state government-owned territory.

According to him, the state administration is sure that the Package 2 Project will be completed on schedule now that the Movement Control Order has been lifted, and that the project will provide job opportunities both during and after construction.

 

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GEORGE TOWN (Jan 7): The Package 2 Project of a road bypass from Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway to Air Itam involving a distance of 6km to disperse traffic is expected to be completed within 36 months, before Jan 31, 2025.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the RM851 million project would disperse traffic, especially in areas with serious congestion and give the public a shortcut to reduce travel time, estimated to be from 40 minutes to five minutes.

“This Package 2 Project is an initiative of the Penang Transport Master Plan by the state government to be implemented by Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZS) since 2013 but CZS only proceeded with its design and construction after receiving the Environmental Impact Report approval from the Department of Environment in November 2017.

“The acquisition of the majority share of CZS by ECK Development Sdn Bhd was implemented recently and further from that, the new management has intensified detailed design work, preparation of land acquisition, approval by the authorities and implementation of construction,” he told reporters after a site visit to the Package 2 project in Bukit Gambir here on Friday (Jan 7).

Also present were Penang Infrastructure and Transport Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and Package 2 Project director Datuk Yeoh Lean Huat.

Elaborating, Chow said the 6km Package 2 alignment included a viaduct structure (spanning 65%), a series of tunnels at three locations (20%) and the rest being at-grade roads and involved three intersections connecting the Package 2 alignment to Thean Teik Highway in Air Itam area, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah/Bukit Gambir and Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway.

He said the Package 2 alignment was divided into six sections and currently the achievement rate for implementation of the project was 8% compared to the target of 6%.

“Construction has commenced in Section 1 (Thean Teik Highway) with the implementation of piling works for the viaduct (ramp 1) which will connect to the main alignment of Package 2. Subsequently, utility diversion and road widening works will be carried out in the Section 1 area,” he said.

He added that the implementation of the Package 2 Project also involved the repossession of privately-owned land, the release of land owned by the federal government and permission to enter into state government-owned land.

“To date, two sections of the Package 2 alignment have completed land acquisition to enable contractors to carry out construction work on site. The process of privately-owned land acquisition and release of federal government land for the remaining four sections is being implemented by state government agencies,” he said.

According to him, the state government is confident that the Package 2 Project will run according to the set time now that the Movement Control Order is no longer implemented and that the project can also generate employment opportunities during and after the construction phase.

 

Source: Edge Prop