Keppel Road in 1980 Credits: Pic from 'The Sarawak Tribune', dated 31 May,1980.
In 1980 the town roads were gradually tar-sealed but the electric posts still remain at the center of the road. The roads were mainly two-way street. In 2013 all roads in town were mostly one way streets which seemed to solve the problem of traffic jams and improved further with traffic light junctions.
Keppel Road , 1 October, 2013.
In 1980 it was estimated that there were about 700 vehicles in Bintulu as compared with 40 in 1970. In 1960 there was probably only 3 cars in town. 1980 was just the beginnng years of the first boom that brought much physical changes to the town especially the roads and the buildings. Today, Bintulu is in its 4th economic boom. The continuous boom that the town experienced since 1979 has made it the prime target of internal migration from other towns and villages in Sarawak for the promise of better paying jobs and business opportunities.