WORK on the alternative road linking Lebuhraya Thean Teik in Bandar Baru Air Itam to Lebuh Bukit Jambul in Penang is progressing on schedule.
The 6km-long paired road via Jalan Bukit Kukus is 27.5% complete, said state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
“The project, which began on Jan 15, 2016, is slated to be completed on Jan 14, 2019.
“It will comprise a dual carriageway with a bicycle lane, walkway and LED street lights along the whole stretch,” he said during a site visit yesterday.
The current access linking the same two points via Jalan Paya Terubong is 5.2km long.
According to Chow, the number of vehicles using Jalan Paya Terubong now is 60,000 per day.
Once the alternative route is completed in 2019, there will be a reduction of 30% of vehicles using the existing road. Chow said this would eventually reduce to 50%.
He also said that on a normal day, travelling time on the new road would be shorter by 15 minutes compared to the old route.
On another matter, Chow said the revival project of the market-cum-hawker complex in Paya Terubong, developed by Patsifit Construction Sdn Bhd, was 25% complete.
“The four-storey complex will have a community hall on the ground floor, a wet market, dry market and a hawker centre.
“The wet market will have 60 stalls while the dry market will consist of 50 stalls and the hawker centre will have 51 stalls,” he said adding that the complex would also have over 80 parking lots.
Chow said the complex, which will be completed at the end of the year, would be disabled friendly.
On issues in the Paya Terubong area, Chow said the collapsed 30m concrete bank along Sungai Dondang in Lebuh Rambai 1 would be fixed within the year.
“It will cost less than RM200,000 and will be funded by the state development.
“The bank collapsed due to heavy rainfall and erosion in October last year,” he said.
Chow said another issue to be solved was the faulty lifts in Taman Wayton which needed to be changed.
“The seven lifts in the four-flat blocks have not been changed since the flats were built 30 years ago.
“The management has requested for the 80:20 scheme under the Housing Assistance Programme of Penang Yes! (Happy!) to fund the RM1.5mil project.
“The management has collected enough for the 20% and is waiting for the state government’s approval of the balance 80% in funding,” he added.
The need to instal more exercise equipment and build a toilet in the Taman Beriksa neighbourhood park in Air Itam was also raised.
Chow and Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin also visited an underprivileged family of five at the Alor Vista apartment in Relau.
The sole breadwinner of the family, R. Muniappan, 38, who is a lorry driver, has been on medical leave for the past seven months after meeting with an accident.
Muniappan has three children, aged between eight and 14. Two of them have learning difficulties while the eldest has bowel issues and needs to use diapers.
Yeoh provided the family with a month’s supply of diapers.