One-way loop system in PJ enters Phase 2

Phase 2 of the One Way Loop (OWL) includes removing road medians along certain parts of the route.

The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will proceed with implementing Phase 2 of the One Way Loop (OWL), which includes removing road medians along certain parts of the route.

“Other work also includes laying in the pedestrian and cyclist lanes, wiring closed-circuit television cameras for security, building bus-stops as well as landscaping,” said city councillor Lee Suet Sen after the council’s January full-board meeting.

MBPJ Deputy Mayor Puasa Md Taib explained that the council was engaging the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (Miros) to conduct road safety assessments before, during and post-Phase 2 construction.

“The council has already engaged the contractor through open tender and awarded by the state’s tender committee, to conduct the Phase 2 construction works at RM23mil,” Puasa said.

Additionally, MBPJ is also in the process of engaging opinion research firm Merdeka Centre to conduct a survey on OWL stakeholders, especially business owners following complaints of a drop in business since the OWL took effect last year.

“We have not had any formal submissions, but there has been a lot of hearsay, so the survey will give us some solid numbers and a clearer picture on the business slowdown issue,” said Lee.

If the problem is widespread, the council would hold a dialogue before Chinese New Year, primarily with the business owners to see what the former could do to help rejuvenate business traffic.

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