Traffic woes: Khoo (right) pointing towards the portion of the Pasir Gudang highway where major upgrading and construction works will take place to rid the stretch of pothole issues.
JOHOR BARU: Users of the Pasir Gudang highway will have to put up with additional congestion for the next few weeks while major upgrading and widening works are conducted near the Taman Daya interchange.
Tebrau MP Khoo Soo Seang said the contractors involved with the widening of the highway would have to dig up about 3 meters into the road and rebuild the 100-metre stretch to ensure that it was smooth and potholes would not appear.
”About 90% of the complaints lodged pertaining to the highway are related to the stretch near the Taman Daya interchange and the complaints include large potholes and uneven road conditions,” he said during a press conference.
He added that research showed that the area was especially susceptible to potholes, as rainwater usually stagnated there.
”In order to fix this problem, we will have to dig up the whole portion and conduct the reconstruction works lane by lane,” he said adding that during the period, only one lane on the road would be open to traffic.
Khoo said that the road works would cause inevitable traffic congestion along the stretch and urged motorists to try and use alternative routes if possible.
”If we do not dig up the road and simply patch up potholes, it will just continue to reappear especially after a downpour,” he said adding that the construction company would put up special signboards along the stretch to warn and guide motorists.
He added that before the main works start, an alternative access road from Taman Daya leading to the Pasir Gudang highway would be built.
”This alternative road should be completed in the next three days and works on the 100 metre stretch will begin after that,” he said.
The Pasir Gudang highway is a four-laned highway linking Pasir Gudang to Taman Perling.
The Federal Government approved a total of RM150mil under the 10th Malaysia Plan to widen the highway to six lanes as it is a major expressway used by more than 125,000 motorists daily.