KOTA KINABALU: A plan mooted in the 1980s is being re-looked by City Hall as it grapples with the problems of increasing vehicles and traffic jams in the downtown area.
The revival of the plan would see city folk having to get used to one-way routes for the first time.
Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir said City Hall’s public transport and traffic division had proposed a 1km stretch from the Wawasan Plaza roundabout to the roundabout entering Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, behind Wisma Merdeka, to be the first one way street.
The opposite direction would be from Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, in front of Wisma Merdeka, to Wawasan Plaza.
Abidin said the move would entail removing road dividers and expanding pedestrian walkways.
“Ultimately it is aimed at easing the frequent traffic congestion along this stretch,” he said on Saturday.
The plan to make most roads within the city centre one way streets was first mooted in the 1980’s but was subsequently shelved.
On a related matter, Abidin said City Hall was committed to make public facilities in the state capital as environmentally-friendly as possible.
For a start, 55 bus stops within the Kota Kinabalu city limits were being lighted using solar power.
City Hall intended to expand this by installing solar panels to generate power to light up 10 taxi stands in the city.
Abidin said the City Hall was spending up to RM5,000 for each bus stop to fit them with the solar panels.