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Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 7:24:21 AM
by elan perumal
A messy situati on: One of the junctions affected by the closure.
JALAN Kem in Port Klang is in a mess due to the ongoing construction of a bridge to link South Port and North Port.
The road is congested daily, with heavy vehicles also plying the route.
The situation is worse during peak hours when traffic is practically at a standstill.
Motorists have been caught in the daily grind for more than two weeks now. Many said they were caught unawares after several traffic-light junctions along Jalan Kem were closed to traffic recently without notice, to facilitate works.
The junctions affected are Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, Persiaran Tengku Badar and Jalan Raja Lumu.
Motorists and business operators have described the situation as messy, with the former now forced to take a longer route to get to their destinations.
Following complaints, StarMetro went to the site and found that the worst affected junction is Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, which connects the town to the Pulau Ketam jetty.
The junction also facilitates traffic from the town to North Port, and its closure forces North Port-bound motorists to travel about 3km before making a U-turn at the edge of Jalan Kem.
The traffic-light junction in Jalan Kem-Persiaran Raja Lumu has also been blocked.
The junction is en route to North Port or Lorong Pelabuhan Selatan, where the National Registration
and Immigration departments are located.
Motorists in this area have to make a U-turn located about 1.5km away from the junction to get to their destinations.
Meanwhile, the closure of the junction in Persiaran Tengku Badar forces North Port-bound motorists to travel an additional 7km to get to the opposite end of the junction.
Checks also showed that residents heading to Klang from Kampung Sungai Aur, Taman Sri Berambang and the Pulau Ketam jetty have to make a U-turn located about a kilometre away from the Persiaran Raja Muda Musa traffic-light junction.
A Port Klang resident, S. Velu, 65, said the closure of the traffic-light junctions was making their lives difficult.
“Before this, I was using the Raja Lumu junction to get to Klang. However, I am now forced to make a U-turn about 3km away from the junction just to get onto the opposite side of Jalan Kem,’’ said Velu, who lives in Taman Berambang.
Another resident, who identified himself only as Tan, 54, said the closure had turned Jalan Kem into a dangerous road, especially for motorcyclists and pedestrians.
Motorcyclists, he said, were dicing with danger when using the divider in the area to cross over instead of taking the longer route.
“They have found illegal shortcuts all along Jalan Kem.”
Coffeeshop operator C. Y. Yap, 58, said the situation was affecting businesses along Jalan Kem.
He said many customers had stopped coming to the area as they could no longer park their vehicles along both sides of Jalan Kem.
“We hope the work will be completed soon and the situation will be back to normal,” Yap added.
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