THE time period for the contra-flow at the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) has been reduced by half an hour following public feedback.
In a statement, Lingkaran Trans Kota Sdn Bhd (Litrak) said it had shortened the contra-flow from 9.30am to 9am.
“Litrak has observed some changes in the traffic patterns of non-contra flow users.
“So we have shortened the contra-flow timing from 9.30am to 9am,” said Litrak communications manager Shah Rizal Mohamed Fawzi.
The contra-flow lane on LDP starts at KM21 (Kelana Jaya-bound), opposite the UOB and HSBC banks, and ends at KM18. It was introduced for a trial period from Dec 8 until Feb 27.
The lane is for light vehicles and is only implemented on weekdays, from 6.30am.
Puchong Utama resident Sue Pooi said the contra-flow should in fact be extended until 10am as it was still the rush hour period.
A Puchong Jaya resident who only wanted to be known as Gopi said traffic had become smoother with the implementation of the contra flow.
“Prior to the contra-flow, I would sometimes be stuck in a jam at the toll plaza for almost 20 minutes,” said the 43-year-old businessman.
MCA National Youth Speaker and SJKC Ladang Harcroft board of directors chairman Dr Kow Cheong Wei said he had not seen much changes following the introduction.
“Some Puchong folk think traffic looks smoother and the wait at the toll plaza is shorter.
“However, others say the roads are still congested and the commuting time is still the same,” he added.
Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han said the system needed improvement.
“According to residents from Puchong Perdana, Pusat Bandar Puchong and Bandar Puteri, there is improvement for traffic exiting Puchong to Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.
“On the other hand, those from Kinrara who use the Bukit Jalil bypass said the congestion was worse after the Sunway toll plaza as some lanes are used for the contra-flow,” he said.
Shah Rizal said the contra-lane was initially under-utilised, with only about 30% of the total volume of motorists using it.
“As with most new traffic management schemes, most drivers are confused and need time to familiarise themselves.
“We have carried out awareness programmes to educate highway users and will continue to do so,” he said, adding that utilisation of the contra-flow had gone up to 91% with the start of the new schooling session.
Shah Rizal said motorists from Bukit Jalil/ Kinrara who want to use the contra-flow at KM21 of the highway could make a U-turn at the IOI elevated interchange located at KM22 on the LDP.