KOTA BHARU: The construction of the Central Spine Road and Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai expressway are expected to be completed in 2025, said the minister for the economy, Mustapa Mohamed.
He said to date, 21% of the CSR line had been completed, with 62km of the road from Merapoh to Kampung Seberang Jelai in Pahang already in use.
“As for the KB-KK road, 13.85km or 20% is already in use from Pasir Hor to Ketereh in Kelantan.
“Once the two road projects are completed, they are expected to reduce traffic congestion, especially during peak hours, weekends and festive seasons, besides helping to reduce accident rates,” he told reporters here today.
Mustapa said the CSR project involved the construction of a 295.7km highway from Bentong, Pahang, to Kuala Krai, Kelantan, while the 67.6km-long KBKK Expressway comprised several packages, with the total cost approved for both projects being RM9.5 billion.
He added that RM815 million has also been allocated for the two projects next year, with RM165 million being set aside for the implementation of the KBKK project.
However, Mustapa said the two projects, which were proposed under Budget 2021, could only be carried out if the 2021 federal budget is passed in Parliament.
Asked about the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport terminal expansion project, Mustapa said he expects work to start in about a month’s time as the contractor selection process was still being carried out.
“We expect the project to begin early next year and be completed in three to four years,” he said.