According to The Sun, the first phase of the Sabah section of the Pan Borneo Highway is expected to be fully completed by December 31, 2021. The highway will cover a distance of 706 km from Sindumin to Tawau. Construction of the new highway will start towards the end of April, beginning with the first package of the route, involving an 11.7 km stretch.

Yesterday, the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) agreement was signed between the federal government, Sabah state government and Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd (BHP), where the latter will manage and build the first phase of the highway. Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman did not provide any indication on the cost of the first phase.

The Sabah stretch of the highway will cost RM13 billion, and construction will reportedly be divided into 35 packages that mostly includes upgrading of the highway into a four lane, dual carriageway.

Meanwhile, the 1,090 km stretch in Sarawak will cost RM16 billion. The construction of the Sarawak section is divided into 12 packages and is also expected to be completed by 2021. When fully completed, the Pan Borneo Highway will reportedly span 2,239 km.

“The highway project will change Sabah infrastructural landscape and provide a more efficient, comfortable and safer connection for several major cities in the state and its 3.74 million population,” the Works Ministry said in a statement.