GEORGE TOWN, Nov 4 – There may be a huge crack along a joint in the retaining wall of the flyover along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (LCE), but Penang state public works and utilities committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said this occurrence on the Sungai Pinang Interchange along the LCE was normal. He said wear and tear was the main cause of the crack. The LCE was built in 2003.
“We have summoned the original design contractors and engineers of the expressway to inspect the site to ascertain remedial works that need to be done. We found that the affected site is very strong as it is reinforced with steel bars, concrete and earth, typical of any bridge-like construction so there is no sign of damage on the road itself,” Lim said in a press conference at the affected site today.
Also present were IJM Land Senior General Manager Toh Chin Leong and Sungai Pinang Assemblyman Lim Siew Khim. A 4.7km portion, from Weld Quay in George Town to Udini Road in Gelugor, was built by construction company IJM Land. It is in this stretch that the road seems to have subsided.
Toh said the crack was a normal occurrence. He said it would not lead to severe damages to the expressway but IJM Land’s engineers will carry out thorough checks of the affected area immediately. On a different note, Lim said IJM Land would begin repaving the entire 4.7km stretch beginning on Monday. He said this was part of the seven-yearly resurfacing plan.