Work Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi has revealed that the entire Perak section of the West Coast Expressway (WCE) will be open to the public by March 2024. The final piece of the puzzle is Section 11 in Perak which covers Beruas to Taiping South which is now expected to be opened ahead of schedule.
The Minister provided the update during an event held at Kompleks Kerja Raya yesterday. He added that the WCE highway will serve as the alternative route to the North-South Expressway (PLUS) which will ease congestion during the peak festive season. He said each mega project will help to spur economic and development growth in the country.
Highway users can travel from Hutan Melintang to Taiping Selatan on WCE by March 2024
Once opened, WCE highway users can finally travel from Hutan Melintang to Taiping Selatan. The opening of Section 11 of WCE is timely with Hari Raya Aidilfitri happening in mid-April. On top of that, RHB and WCE are also organising Malaysia’s first highway century ride in May which covers Lekir Toll Plaza to Taiping South Interchange for the 160km category.
However, the Selangor portion of WCE will take some time to be completed. At the moment, only sections 5 and 6 (Bukit Bandar Raja Selatan to Assam Jawa) are open. The remaining sections of WCE in Selangor are expected to be ready in phases in 2024 and 2025.
Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak to be completed in 2024
Over in East Malaysia, the Minister said the Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak is now expected to be fully completed this year. At the moment, the project development in Sarawak has reached 98.91%. Over in Sabah, the Pan Borneo Highway is close to 87% completed for Phase 1A which involves 15 packages. Meanwhile, Phase 1B which involves 19 packages is currently undergoing the tender process.