KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will officiate at the earth-breaking ceremony of the Batang Lupar Bridge project this coming Tuesday.

According to Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), the chief minister is expected to arrive at 10.30am at the Batang Lupar Bridge’s project site about 1.5km from Sebuyau ferry base.

The ceremony will be live streamed via Ukas’s Facebook and YouTube channel on that day.

The Batang Lupar Bridge stretching about 5.1 kilometres long will be constructed swerving next to Triso Island.

Infrastructure and Ports Development Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi on Jan 10, said that the bridge would connect Sebuyau in Samarahan to Triso-Maludam-Pusa in Betong.

The bridge project worth RM848 million will be the longest river-crossing bridge in Sarawak and in Malaysia.

The project which is fully borne by the Sarawak government is expected to be completed within 48 months.

Batang Lupar Bridge is among the nine bridge projects across the state planned by the state government to link up the whole coastal road network.

The other bridges are Batang Rajang, Batang Paloh, Muara Lassa, Rambungan, Batang Kemena, Sungai Krian, Batang Saribas and Batang Igan.