Thursday, October 30, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge - Part 3. The Opening

Sarikei Nyelong River Ferry Crossing, Apr 2008.
View from Wisma Jubli Mutiara
Source: Nadai Name

Hmm, the romance of crossing the Nyelong River using the ferry at the Nyelong Esplanade will terminate on 1 Nov 2008. So will the agony of the traffic jam and exhaust fume during the festive seasons' balik kampung (home coming) convoy.

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge construction, Oct 2006.
Source: Jimmy Ong

Road diversion at Sarikei's original Nyelong River Bridge, Apr 2008
Source: Eastern Times

The RM14.75 million Nyelong River Bridge project encompasses survey, investigation, design, construction, completion and maintenance. Additionally, the access road project on both sides cost RM7.89 million. The access road on the Bintangor side of the bridge will link to the Meradong-Pasi road to bring you to Bintangor town.

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge, Apr 2008
View from Wisma Jubli Mutiara
Source: eTing

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge, Apr 2008
Source: Nadai Name

Construction began in Dec 2005 by the contractor Brooke Dockyard And Engineering Works Corporation (BDEWC). The design is by TCS Consultant who is appointed by the contractor.

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge (Sarikei side), Jul 2008
Source: Nelson Yap

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge (Bintangor side), Jul 2008
Source: Nelson Yap

The single carriageway bridge is 240-m long (11m wide) and has pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge.

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge, Oct 2008
Source: Wong Meng Lei

The long awaited Nyelong Bridge at Meranti Road (near Nyelong Park) has officially opened at 7pm on 26 Oct 2008 with the removal of the wooden barricade.

Sarikei Nyelong River Bridge Opening, 26 Oct 2008
Source: Eastern Times

The bridge means different things to different people. Firstly, the ferry operators have to find new jobs. The bridge can bring better economic and agricultural boom to the hinterland surrounding the bridge, better housing and land value appreciation, shorter commute times for business and leisure, faster travel time to the proposed TAR college or simply a weekend detour to eat the famous Bintangor rojak (salad in prawn paste) and buy Bintangor oranges.

Eastern Times, 28 Oct 2008
Eastern Times, 7 Oct 2008
Eastern Times, 12 Apr 2008
Eastern Times, 27 Nov 2007


Daniel Yiek said...

Has anyone driven across the bridge yet? It's toll free, I assume. How many mins does it take to reach Bintangor from the bridge. 15mins?

45rpm said...

This is not the 1st bridge across Nyelong River. Many years back there was this bridge across Nyelong River built during the British Colonial some where 10 miles from town. The Bridge project was a contribution by the Australian government and comes with the iron flame design which I think is shown in the 3rd picture. The engineer for the project was the then young Mr Tiong the former tall center forward of legendary basketball team Flying Saucer 飞 碟.

Anonymous said...

It is about time that Sarikei has some infra structure project. Comparing some other places, Sarikei is considered rather little developed. Just look at Repok Rd, it is quite pathetic. If a car is going slow in front of you, very soon a long queue is formed.....No need to go West M'sia, just comparing Samarahan and other smaller villages, it is quite sad that it is still in such a stage now.......Hopefully we will see some improvement real soon.

Tuan Lokong said...

I guess one more bridge is yet to be built. Or are they going to built too? That is the CTC or the Merutun road. The brigde is now at its final deplited conditions.

nelson said...

yeap, you can reach bintangor in less than 15 mins now. i drove there the night after the opening ceremony. =) darn good for sarikei.

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