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Published: Monday July 28, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday July 28, 2014 MYT 7:16:24 AM

Pudu underpass still on track for scheduled finish date, says mayor

Remedial works: Ahmad Phesal visiting the site of the sinkhole at the Jalan Pudu, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Hang Tuah intersection. TNB high voltage cables and gas pipes have been hung to the gantry structure until the construction of the Pudu under-pass project is completed.

Remedial works: Ahmad Phesal visiting the site of the sinkhole at the Jalan Pudu, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Hang Tuah intersection. TNB high voltage cables and gas pipes have been hung to the gantry structure until the construction of the Pudu under-pass project is completed.

JALAN Hang Tuah and Jalan Imbi, affected by a sinkhole earlier this month, are expected to be fully reopened by end of October. The sinkhole occurred at the intersection of Jalan Pudu, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Hang Tuah on July 2.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the road would be reopened at the end of September for traffic headed to Jalan Imbi while for traffic headed to Jalan Hang Tuah, it is scheduled to reopen a month later.

“As for the problems faced by pedestrians following the incident, we will try to resolve it and shorten the walk from the Hang Tuah monorail station,” he said when met at the site.

He assured that the foundation of the monorail pillars had been further strengthened.

He also said that Kuala Lumpur Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was confident that the Pudu Underpass project would be completed by Dec 10 as scheduled.

“We have started using the open-cut method to build the underpass, instead of micro-tunelling.

“The remaining 19.2m of the underpass will be constructed using this method, after taking into consideration the TNB high-voltage cables and gas pipes at the building site and the time period to complete the project,” he elaborated.

When asked about the losses caused by the incident, Ahmad Phesal said DBKL was still in the midst of determining the claims for compensation from those affected.

The RapidKL Monorail service, which closed its sector between Hang Tuah and Imbi stations after the sinkhole appeared, resumed normal service on July 16.

When asked if the cause of the sinkhole was due to the negligence of the contractor, Ahmad Phesal said: “We cannot say that it is.

“It is probably due to the vibration from heavy traffic in the area, which caused the pipes to burst and water to seep into the soil.”

However, he said this would need to be verified.

The Pudu Underpass project entails the construction of three underpasses (Underpass 1, Underpass 2 and 3 carried out simultaneously), upgrading of Jalan Galloway, Jalan Hang Tuah, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah and the construction of two footbridges in Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah.

Underpass 1 caters to vehicles from Jalan Bukit Bintang to Jalan Pudu while Underpass 2 caters to motorists from Jalan Pudu heading towards Cheras. Underpass 3 serves motorists travelling from Jalan Pudu to Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah.

The estimated length from Underpass 1 to Underpass 3 is approximately 800m.

The project that began in 2009 was supposed to have been completed by the end of 2012 but was delayed because of the presence of underground utility cables at the construction site.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, Transport Safety, sinkholes, jalan pudu, jalan imbi, mayor, dbkl

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