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Thursday February 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 3:21:01 PM
by steven daniel AND lee yen mun
CYBERJAYA: A flyover near here collapsed Thursday afternoon but no one was injured in the incident as the road has not been in use since December.
The flyover is located at KM P2.4 near the Selangor Science Park 2 Interchange between the Putrajaya Toll Plaza and Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, on Lingkaran Putrajaya.
It is learnt that PLUS Malaysia was tipped off by the public at 12.49pm before highway officials rushed to the scene.
A large water pipe which ran alongside the flyover was also damaged, which resulted in thousands of litres of water gushing out.
PKNS general manager Othman Omar said construction of the flyover commenced in 2007 and it was completed in 2009, after which it was handed over to PLUS and the Malaysia Highway Authority (MHA) in March last year.
He said the project was financed by four developers (PKNS, Unduh Aspirasi, Taraf Unggul and Semai Ria) and coordinated by the State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN).
"When we handed over the flyover to PLUS, it was still in good condition but in November, the road was deemed damaged due to the soft swamp soil and a contractor was appointed to dig up the road and apply a new tar on it.
But in early December, the MHA discovered some movement to one of the pillars holding the flyover.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor, in a statement, said he conducted a site visit on Dec 7 and was briefed on the flyover's conditon.
The decision was then made to close the flyover and divert traffic for the safety of motorists, he said, adding that the flyover was initially expected to be closed until December this year.
Following Thursday's collapse, PKNS will set up a technical committee to identify the root cause of the incident.
Othman said clean-up work at the site would take about three weeks and full restoration of the collapsed flyover could take up to eight months at a cost of between RM6mil and RM7mil.
Users from the Elite Highway heading towards Putrajaya or Cyberjaya are advised to exit the highway via the Saujana Putra Interchange before entering the SKVE highway to Putrajaya/Cyberjaya.
Meanwhile, in a statement late Thursday, PLUS clarified that the flyover was never handed over to the company to be maintained.
"It was built by PKNS and continued to be under the purview of PKNS till today," the statement said.
"As safety of road users is our number one priority, the flyover was closed after a site visit by the Works Minister on Dec 7 and the Malaysia Highway Authority had diverted traffic at KM P2.4, at the interchange between the Putrajaya toll plaza and Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, on the Lingkaran Putrajaya stretch."
For more information, contact the Malaysian Highway Authority at 1800 88 7752.
Google map of the area.
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