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Bernama reports that the Works ministry is setting aside RM1.037 billion this year for maintenance work of federal roads, stretching 17,458 km nationwide.

Of that allocation, RM409 million would be for routine works while the remaining RM628 million would be for periodical works, said Works minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof.

“Maintenance work of federal roads in Malaysia is privatised to eight concession companies, appointed according to zones, comprising three in the peninsula and five in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan,” he told reporters after launching the state-level federal road maintenance balloting at the Johor Bahru Public Works Department (JKR) office here.

581 federal road maintenance projects, worth RM28 million, would be implemented through balloting this year, said Fadillah. They comprise 412 in the peninsula, costing RM20 million, and the remaining 169 in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said the main aim of implementing it through balloting was to open more opportunities for small contractors to also be involved in maintenance work of federal roads.

74 repair works at black-spot areas, costing RM31 million, and 50 pedestrian crossing projects, worth RM10 million, were implemented last year in an effort to reduce road accidents, the Works minister said.

He added that his ministry is spending another RM20 million for 50 black-spot area repair projects and RM7 million for pedestrian crossing projects.