RM84m to upgrade LDP at Tmn Tun interchange


SHAH ALAM: Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings Bhd (Litrak), the concessionaire of Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), will spend RM84mil to upgrade the highway's Taman Tun Dr Ismail interchange at KM6.8. 

The upgrade, part of Litrak's efforts to identify enhancement projects within the highway, would begin before the year is out and would take 33 months to complete, said chief executive officer Sazally Saidi. 

He said plans had been submitted to Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia for approval, which the company hopes to get soon. 

"We are forking out our own money to improve our service and there is no extension to our concession. After the toll hike, it was expected that we will continuously improve the road system," he told reporters after the company AGM on Tuesday. 

The road enhancement project will involve widening works and the construction of a flyover to ease the bottleneck at the northbound mainline stretch between KM5.9 and KM7.1, especially during evening peak hours. 

Sazally added that the company had "easily" spent RM100mil over the last three years to improve traffic flow along the stretch between Motorola and Bandar Utama. 

Besides capacity enhancement to relieve traffic congestion, Litrak is also encouraging the use of an electronic toll collection system to improve throughput and efficiency at the toll plazas. 

Chief operating officer Richard Lim Kim Ong expects a marginal growth in traffic volume compared with the previous year due to the higher toll rate but revenue would increase, as reflected in the financial performance for the year ended March 31. 

"When toll was increased on Jan 1, traffic fell 8% to 10% but it has picked up again. 

"Revenue (for the current year) should probably see a double digit growth not just due to the toll hike but also the increase in traffic volume," he added.

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