A NEW link road connecting Jalan Jelutong to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Penang will be open from midnight today.
The 800m road, which is an extension of Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, will connect the Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, Jalan Perak and Jalan Jelutong intersection to the expressway.
More sections of Jalan Perak and Jalan Jelutong and a stretch of Jalan Panchor will be converted into one- way at the same time to ease traffic congestion in the area.
The conversion will be on trial run for three months after which the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) will decide whether to make it permanent.
The affected section of Jalan Jelutong is from its junction with Solok Perak to its junction with Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, with the traffic flow heading that direction.
For Jalan Perak, the one-way flow will be from its junction with Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim to its junction with Solok Perak.
The affected stretch of Jalan Panchor is from its junction with Jalan Setiawan to its junction with Jalan Perak.
Besides the one-way conversion, traffic will be disallowed from making right turns from Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim to Jalan Jelutong, from Jalan Jelutong to the new link and from Jalan Jelutong to Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim.
Traffic from Jalan Kurau will also not be allowed to drive straight across into Solok Perak.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, IJM Land general manager (North) Datuk Toh Chin Leong and MPPP engineering department officers visited the site yesterday.
Chow said the opening of the new link road completed the third and final phase of the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway project.
“We hope it will benefit about 80,000 vehicles that travel here and ease the congestion in the area, especially along Jalan Perak and Jalan Jelutong.
“The state government has yet to decide an official name for this road,” he said.
It was earlier reported that the RM70mil cost of the link would be borne by IJM.
Those who wish to send their comments on the new one-way traffic flow can do so via email to email@example.com or by letter addressed to Pengarah Kejuruteraan, Jabatan Kejuruteraan, Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, Tingkat 13, Komtar, 10000 Penang.
They can also call 04-2592202 or 04-2592015.