Lanang Bridge

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Lanang Bridge
Jambatan Lanang
Lanang Bridge.JPG
Carries Motor vehicles
Crosses Batang Rajang, Sarawak, Malaysia
Locale Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Lanang barat / Jalan Teluk Assan
Maintained by Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR)
Woodville Development Sdn. Bhd.
Designer State Government of Sarawak
Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR)
Woodville Development Sdn. Bhd.
Design box girder bridge
Total length 1.2 km
Constructed by Woodville Development Sdn. Bhd.
Construction begin 2003 [1]
Construction end 2006
Opened 11 April 2006

The Lanang Bridge, Sarawak State Route

Q326

Jkr-ft--.png, is a 1.2-km toll bridge in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. It was constructed in 2003 by a local concessionaire, Woodville Development Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Shin Yang Group, to replace the former river ferry service crossing the Batang Rajang.[1] The bridge, together with a series of states highways linking Sibu to Sarikei (Jalan Teluk Assan Q326, Jalan Tanjung Genting Q576, Jalan Kelupu Q206, Sarikei-Bintangor Highway Q345, and Sarikei-Pasi-Meradong Highway Q575), forms an alternative route for the Sarikei-Sibu section of the Pan Borneo Highway. Built at the total cost of RM 180 million, the bridge was opened to motorists on 11 April 2006.[2]

Tolls[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Lanang Bridge currently supports cash payment only. Tolls are charged to both directions of travel. Motorcycles are not exempted from the toll collection as well.

Toll rates[edit]

Class Type of vehicles Rate (in Malaysian Ringgit (RM))[3]
1 Motorcycles RM 0.50
2 Cars (including taxicabs and MPVs) RM 3.00
3 Vans, minibuses, pickup trucks, SUVs and light trucks (less than 5 tonnes) RM 5.00
4 Buses RM 8.00
5 Lorries (excluding trailers) RM 15.00
6 Trailers RM 25.00

Controversy and criticism[edit]

The bridge was heavily criticised by motorists, especially the residents of Sarikei and Sibu, who regularly use the toll bridge for its ridiculously expensive toll rates. For instance, cars are charged at RM3.00 per crossing, which translates to RM2.50 per kilometre. Motorcycles are also charged at RM0.50 as well. As a result, car drivers frequently commuting from Sarikei to Sibu and vice-versa may need to spend as much as RM300 monthly for the toll bridge alone.[2]

Due to the criticisms by local residents, on 2011 the federal government proposed to take over the bridge and abolish the toll collection.[3][4]

List of junctions[edit]

Km Exit Interchange/Junctions To Remarks
SIBU
EAST
1 Bintulu
1 Miri

NORTH
Sibu town center

SOUTH
Upper Lanang Industrial Estate
4-way signalised intersection
Start/End of dual-carriageway
Jkr-ft--.png LANANG BRIDGE
Start/End of toll bridge
P Petronas Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas ATM (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Sarikei bound
Batang Rajang bridge
Lanang Bridge
1.2 kilometres
Start/End of bridge
Sibu Division
Sibu district border
BATANG RAJANG BRIDGE
RAJANG BRIDGE
1.2 kilometres
Sibu-Sarikei division border
Sarikei Division
Meradong district border
Batang Rajang bridge
Lanang Bridge
1.2 kilometres
Start/End of bridge
Lanang Bridge toll plaza
RM (Cash) RM (Cash)
Open toll system
Pay toll
U-turn U-turn Sibu bound
Jkr-ft--.png LANANG BRIDGE
Start/End of toll bridge
WEST
Jkr-ft--.png JALAN TELUK ASSAN
Bintangor
Sarikei
Start/End of dual-carriageway

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Upper Lanang bridge, Sibu URL assessed on 15 December 2009
  2. ^ a b "Tol Jambatan Lanang membebankan". The Borneo Post (in Malay). 3 January 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Cadangan Ambil Alih Jambatan Lanang Telah Dikemukakan Kepada Kerajaan Pusat" (in Malay). Bernama. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kerajaan Persekutuan sedia ambil alih Jambatan Upper Lanang". Berita Harian (in Malay). 13 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 2°14′40″N 111°50′0″E / 2.24444°N 111.83333°E / 2.24444; 111.83333