PJ residents question delay of traffic light project at Templer roundabout

Halted: Work at the Templer roundabout project has come to a stop without any explanation.

The RM3.14mil project to convert the Templer roundabout into a traffic light junction has been at a standstill for over three months.

Residents — especially those in Petaling Jaya Old Town — want to know the project’s status.

Petaling Jaya Selatan Rukun Tetangga chairman and coordinator Shamsuddin Hassan said residents had expected the project to be completed by end of last year.

“We do not see any work taking place at the site. We want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to speed up the completion of the project,” he said.

He added that traffic police helped to control the traffic along Jalan Templer during rush hour.

“However, the measure is temporary and insufficient.

“Maybe when the traffic lights are up and running, we can expect better traffic flow,” said Shamsuddin.

He highlighted that the roads near the roundabout were also prone to flood.

“When it rains, the area is in a mess. It floods all the time and the traffic congestion continues up to late night,” he said.

Residents have been calling for traffic lights to be installed at the Templer roundabout for nearly 10 years now.

“It took the council many years to decide on the matter. Now that it is approved, it is taking such a long time to be completed,” said Shamsuddin.

It was previously reported that the delay of the completion was because of extensive pipe works beneath the roundabout.

MBPJ Engineering Department director Ismail Shafie said the council had issued a notice to the developer to improve its work performance.

“The developer has agreed verbally to continue work,” he said.

He explained that the delay was due to underground waterpipe works and assured that when the latter was completed, the developer would be able to speed up the traffic lights installation.

The project’s groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site in November 2013 and it was reported then that the project should be completed by August 2014.

The traffic situation at the roundabout is graded class F, which is the worst level, during peak hours.

It is expected to improve to class C once traffic lights are installed.

Ismail had been reported as saying that the new traffic lights would have a control sensor.

“This sensor will be able to detect the traffic condition and adjust the timing of the lights accordingly.

“If there are a lot of vehicles, the traffic lights will stay green for a longer period,” he said.

He urged residents in Section 1, 2, 3 and 4 to be patient while work was ongoing.

MBPJ also plans to open a new road connecting Jalan Penchala to Jalan Kelang Lama.

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