Sarikei-Sibu Bridge 2006 - Final touches for the big launch
Sarikei-Sibu Lanang Bridge 2006 - launched!!!
(bridge pictures from readers Sim & Jasmin)
In the 70-80's, it was a 2hr express boat from Sarikei to Sibu (our richer cousin). When the roads became better in the 90's, people drove 1.5 hours to Sibu via 2 ferry points to cross the mighty Rejang River. Lanang ferry got you to Sibu downtown for shopping & kam pua and Durin ferry brought you to the road leading to Sibu airport. The 1.5 hours could be more than 6 hours during the Landas (monsoon season) because of flooding of the ramp area.
Now man had conquered the Rejang River with a 1220m bridge, the longest in Sarawak. It opened on 24 April 2006 but the high toll fee of RM$3 for cars and 50 sen for motorbikes drew criticism. The private company has the rights to collect toll for the next 30 years. By then, maybe Sarikei will have our own airport. A dream too far?