The state Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) said this was an immediate solution taken to remedy the poor condition of the road.
“The Gedong-Simunjan road was designed and its construction supervised by our consultant. The road design involves a distance of 18km through mainly deep peat and two bridges, crossing Sungai Krang and Sungai Simunjan,” it said in a press statement yesterday.
It said the road was completed on Oct 7, 2014, and that all required quality assurance as well as quality control measures were in place. The project was completed in accordance with specification and drawings.
“After the road was opened to traffic, a few oil palm plantation companies along the road were using heavy trucks to transport their fruit bunches.
“We (DID) have written to the plantation companies requesting them to adhere strictly to the road design and weight limit or use alternative routes, such as their own farm roads within their plantation area and their own bridges further upstream of Sungai Krang so as not to adversely affect the road condition.”
It said the contractor had carried out repair works on three occasions — Jan 5, 2015, March 27, 2015 and May 18, 2015 — for damage caused by overloaded vehicles carrying fresh fruit bunches.
“The defect liability period for the contract ended on Oct 16, 2015 and the contractor is no longer liable for any maintenance work.”
The state DID added there was some delay in the registration of the road under Malaysia Road Record Information System (Marris).
“The department only managed to register the road in 2016 and allocation for maintenance was only made available this year.”
The response was made following a call by PKR Petra Jaya deputy youth chief Jamilah Baharuddin for the Gedong-Simunjan road to be properly repaired or resurfaced, and not filling the potholes with gravel and sand.
Prior to that, Gedong assemblyman Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais also said the road, which was completed about two years ago at a cost of RM120 million, was in very bad shape as a result of lack of maintenance.