KUANTAN: A fiber-reinforced concrete pavement road has been identified as a long-term solution to 'fix' the damaged road structure issues plaguing the Semambu interchange near the Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah here.
To worsen matters, underground water had caused the soil below the previously tarred dual-carriageway road to become soft resulting in cracks, potholes and an uneven surface.
Pahang Public Works, Transport and Health Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Fakhruddin Mohd Ariff said road repair works had begun on June 1 and were expected to be completed in August this year.
"The road (Semambu interchange) has been damaged too often, requiring repairs and frequent allocation for the maintenance works. The road is no longer suitable to be resurfaced with tar.
"The damages which kept recurring does not only affect motorists using the road but resulted in a financial impact on the state government so it is high time to overcome the issue by building a concrete road," he wrote on Facebook after visiting the construction site.
Meanwhile, Fakhruddin said the fiber-reinforced concrete road is highly durable and has good resistance towards water flow and heavy vehicles.
"Subsoil drainage pipes will be installed within the ground below the concrete road to remove excess water from the nearby slopes towards the nearby drainage. The water will flow into Sungai Galing.
"Utilities below the damaged road including cables and pipes have been relocated to help expedite the road repair works and to date, about 20 percent has been completed," he said, hoping that once completed, the Semambu interchange stretch which connects to Kuantan bypass will see a smooth traffic flow.
Several road users had previously shared images of the damaged road structure at the Semambu interchange or known as 'flyover' Semambu where despite several repairs, potholes filled with water will exist and pose a threat to road users especially motorcyclists.
Sumber: New Straits Times
Concrete road to resolve road structure issues at Semambu interchange