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U-turn overpass for Taman Bukit Segar residents

A U-turn overpass has been proposed as an alternative to a ramp from the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) project near the Taman Bukit Segar neighbourhood in Ampang.

Residents expressed concerns about the initial idea for a ramp to be built just 13.5m from the neighbourhood’s boundary wall. They proposed that a U-turn underpass be built instead.

SUKE developer Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) said they submitted plans for the U-turn overpass to the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) for approval.

“We received the residents’ request for a U-turn underpass and we are looking at the safest and best option.

“Based on a study, the underpass U-turn cannot be built and we have proposed for an overpass instead.

“With the new proposal for an overpass U-turn, the distance of the ramp from the nearest house will be 35m.

“We have already submitted our plans to LLM and are waiting approval,” the company said in a statement.

Prolintas said they established active engagements with the affected residents since 2012, which included conducting a public opinion survey and public briefings involving the local council.

They said the building of the ramp would conform to the standard and guidelines of the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia.

“The concrete barrier that we are building along the ramp will be of optimum safety dimensions.

“Our contractors have already carried out a dilapidation survey of the affected houses, and noise and vibration monitoring are also being conducted to ascertain the levels are within the Department of Environment’s approved levels.

They said necessary measures would be undertaken to ensure minimal inconvenience to residents during construction.

SUKE is a 31.8km three-lane highway that will start at Sri Petaling and pass through Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras, Kajang and several residential areas here before ending in Ulu Kelang.