Bidor Got A Bypass Road

Clipboard01This is a lame hometown-themed blogging to announce a development in my, of course hometown! Bidor bypass that connects the 4th Mile, Bidor – Teluk Intan road (Federal Route 58) to Kg.Baru Pekan Pasir in Bidor – Sungkai road (Federal Route 1) has been officially completed in September after 1½ years in construction.

The construction commences in March 2008 after the tender was officially made public the year before that. The contractor that was responsible for the construction is MRA Construction Sdn Bhd and the bypass costs RM 19,324,276.53 for a mere 5km stretch.

The bypass will reduce traffic congestion especially in festive seasons where spikes of traffic from the NSE (North-South Expressway) en-route to Teluk Intan, Sitiawan and Lumut normally pass-through Bidor town centre.

What seem to be a good news might be perceived as bad news for Bidorians as this bypass will severe the town’s economy if commuters opted the en-route via the bypass to the west-coast without stopping by at Bidor.

This bypass is still unknown to many but I bet once it was made known, Sungkai will be thriving more than Bidor as the bypass was located northward from Sungkai. Commuters will soon find it more convenient to exit via Sungkai and continue their journey northward before turning into the bypass instead of going through town centre.

I hope it wouldn’t be as bad as many Bidor netizen claimed as I believe my hometown had a bit of long-standing reputation of local produce that might appeal to many visitors.

If you are a Bidorian and an avid Google Earth user, I have compiled a .kmz file for your viewing pleasure. You can download it from here.

2 comments

  • darren

    what are you doing in Bidor?

    actually bypass or no bypass, small towns like Bidor needs more jobs. they cannot continue to rely on passer by traffic to sustain the economy.

    say, a Google server farm in Bidor.. that will be nice

    Admin: Yo, is that a question or sarcasm? I still got a home here, of course I am in Bidor. LOL 😛 Does that question mean ‘hey, go and get a job?’ LOL.

    Aiya, cant blame Bidor for no jobs. Blame the gomen who didnt play an active role in bringing in businesses and investment here. Klang valley is overdeveloped liao, they should start giving other towns a fair deal of economy. Thats why bumpkins from hamlets like these migrate to big cities leaving the old folks here. What shambles.

    Google only know Bidor in Google Earth. If you meet Google biz guys, they will think Bidor is located in a honey bee farm. Google peeps only interested in taking helms in places like MS of C, Cyber the Jaya, techno parks (fucks) like that la. They wont pray pray small towns like this. 🙂 Still, Bidor is good for chilling (at least for me).

  • Hua

    I was searching all over the internet for the exact location of the bypass, thank you for putting it up. I travel from KL back to Sitiawan almost every week. I was hoping the bypass to link up Sungkai and Kampong Ayer Kuning but … not a very good news but better than nothing.

    Admin: I too have been searching high and low for the exact location for sometime and there were no signs of people putting up the information. Only after i stumbled upon a forum located in http://www.malfreemaps.com/, some fellas with Garmin GPS devices logged Garmin mapsources files in GDB format about that bypass and uploaded online. I then convert those GDB files into Google Earth compatible, KMZ files and make it available in GE’s forum, Keyhole for everyone to know.

    Regarding Kg. Ayer Kuning, it was Kg.Kuala Bikam actually which was the nearest to Sungkai. Those two locations are actually connected but the road are untarred dirt road passing through farms and old mines. I heard there were plans before, but then it was scrapped. Not sure why.

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