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Fresh traffic woes hit valley folk
MetroKL (10 Aug 2004)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: ON June 2, Klang Valley motorists heaved a sigh of relief when a stretch of the New Klang Valley Expressway near Bukit Lanjan reopened after six months following a rockfall. Two months earlier, the New Pantai Expressway also opened, giving motorists an alternative route to the Federal Highway. Their relief, however, is shortlived because two projects in Subang Jaya, are expected to worsen the problem for at least another year. Works Minister Datuk Seri Samy Vellu’s announcement on Sunday that a stretch of the MRR2 would be closed due to structural defects, will also result in jams for motorists from Kepong, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Sri Damansara, and Selayang. K.ANURADHA and CHOW HOW BAN examine the situation.

WORK on a second link connecting Subang Jaya with the Federal Highway has begun, despite the reservations of some Subang Jaya residents.

This project which started in February, is seeing early piling work starting in the Jalan Subang segment first.

The Federal Government project costs about RM183mil and is expected to be completed by July 2006.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said residents in SS12 and SS15, who will be affected by the project, had questioned the design of the road.

He said their main contention was that the project would only increase traffic into their part of Subang Jaya.

The total length of the proposed link, according to the Works Ministry, is 1.5km of four-lane dual carriageway, and 2.5km long ramps of single lane.

This two-part project involves the building of a four-lane carriageway, elevated all the way, starting from the Jalan Kewajipan roundabout.

In Section A, the elevated road would stretch all the way past Metropolitan College and Subang Jaya Medical Centre before continuing to the proposed Federal Highway crossing.

A wide, single-lane exit ramp from the Subang Jaya-bound carriageway of the elevated section would meet Jalan Kewajipan at ground level.

The ramp would join Jalan Kewajipan at a point after the Subang Jaya Medical Centre, but well before the roundabout itself.

The existing roads below the proposed elevated section along Jalan Kewajipan would be maintained the way they are for local traffic.

Section B of the project involves building a four-lane dual carriageway elevated section from Jalan Kewajipan crossing the Federal Highway and continue as a four-lane elevated carriageway along Jalan Subang all the way towards the Jalan Kerjaya junction in Glenmarie.

The main lane crossing Federal Highway has provision for a wide, single lane exit ramp to Jalan Subang.

There would also be a dedicated exit ramp to merge with the Federal Highway at this point.

Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd is the turnkey contractor for this project.

This important traffic dispersal project would not have a toll plaza.

Subang Jaya motorists are expected to experience more traffic jams and discomfort during the construction, since the Kewajipan roundabout is intersecting the New Pantai Expressway.

NPE Sdn Bhd is also building an elevated ramp that would connect Jalan Kewajipan’s USJ-originating traffic with the Sunway-Kuala Lumpur bound stretch of the expressway.

Once completed, this section would see a three-tier traffic; one on the ground (Kewajipan roundabout) one elevated (existing NPE stretch heading towards Jalan Tujuan), and the new Sunway-bound flyover above that.

There are also additional works being carried out on NPE near the Jengka and Tujuan interchanges.

Two elevated carriageways are being built over the Jengka roundabout to ease traffic jams which are common here.

Further down the road, two additional outlets are being built to ease the traffic flow in Jalan Tujuan.

One is an elevated directional ramp making it possible for smooth traffic flow from Jalan Jengka into Jalan Tujuan.

The other is an underpass that would enable motorists from USJ to enter Jalan Jengka via Jalan Tujuan, but without having to go through a traffic light.

Work on all three stretches is currently going on.

Copyright 1995-2004, Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad. 10894-D.

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