Good news for motorists in the South, as the second phase of the new RM330 million Segamat-Muar road involving a distance of 22 km from Segamat town to Jementah is now 98% completed, and open to traffic. The project, which involves expanding the road from two to four lanes, began construction in 2011.

Speaking to Bernama, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said, “another phase of the road project will begin next year, while three more phases are expected to be completed during the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) period.”

For the three phases of the road project up to Muar, the ministry will be seeking an additional allocation from the federal government via the 11MP. Overall, the Segamat-Muar road will cover a distance of 64 km and is estimated to cost almost RM1 billion.

Fadillah added that the two nearly completed phases were initially to deal with the frequent flooding in the area. The problem is severe enough to the extent that the route can be cut off during a flood. “That is why today I will meet with the local leaders to discuss the flood problem and how the impact can be lessened with the completion of the road project,” he said.