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Monday, August 4, 2008

The Road Cracked Again!

1. Last week, I have been shocked, and I believe you are too with news that MRR2 bridge was cracked again. It was for in fact, the third time since 2006, where the first one in 2004. The problem is the crack occured at the same strecth that had a problem last time. Cost of RM70 million before this to fix the bridge seems like going to garbage because only can sustain the bridge for 2 years. Average of RM35 million per year. Hmm..

2. "3 of 18 carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) tensioner that adding to the bridge pillars are suddenly broke". Luckily, the new JKR management successfully detected the defect earlier, before the worst severe tragedy happens, which of course, will make Malaysia is in the eyes of the world like the collapsed of Minnesota Bridge. (I studied at University of Minnesota and I know where exactly the bridge is and until now, I still can't believe that massive bridge collapsed)

3. Two years after the MRR2 damage has been fixed on 2006, the bridge is become defect again. So actually it merely can be utilized in 2 years lifespan, yeah seems like it. I really want to see the contract agreement between the contractor that fix the bridge and the goverment. How long the bridge is still in the responsibility of the contractor. And if my guess is right, its only 3-4 years. You know, engineers are really great in estimation with only 5-10% error. So that they can maximize the profit.

4. The engineers are already calculated that the fatigue cyclings (N) that could be sustained by the bridge. The biggest mistake is they are a little bit underestimate or accidentally left the factor, which vehicles in Malaysia increasing exponentially during the past years which implicitly indicated that the road user increase as well as the users of the MRR2. As a result, they must fix the bridge with their own cost. Good news for us, goverment do not need to pay a dime.

5. There are no heavy vehicle bans on the MRR2. Thats the reason why some of the road there have potholes here and there. I personally didnt like driving on MRR2. I rather used other road. Potholes are bad for my car's tyres and suspension. I love my car. How about you? This is not related to the topic, sorry hehe.

6. The traffic on MRR2 is indeed overwhelming. Constant maintenance and observation is needed. Some independent body should be involved on the observation too. We do have actually, but I'm not sure they are independent or not. The association called Road Safety Audit. Plus, somebody must make sure that the contractor do their job well, without using crappy materials just to get profit. Its not their fault though. The fault lies on people who push them hard, squeeze them and threaten them for money.

7. Suddenly I feel not really confortable on the fact I will drive on the defected part within this 3 weeks (thats what goverment said time to fix the defect). Why? It is traffic jam! Maybe I should extend staying here in UK, until the road is fixed. Bah forget it, its not my daily route to work anyway.

8. To JKR, please do u job well to pantau the make of the road. All the bad roads are appeared like "mushroom after the rain", after all the contracts of road made given to the private company. Before this, JKR did the road by themselves and the road are for my opionion is the best of all. For example, Federal Highway connecting Kuala Lumpur and Klang, until now still good even after quite years.

Don't you agree? Feel free to add and comments..

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Tony said...

yeah. will crack more and again, again and over again XD

M.Huzaifah Muntalip said...

lol hopefully not again..