The RM250mil Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang (B27 road) expansion is under way and will take about three years to complete.
Once completed, motorists headed to Bandar Tasik Puteri from the NKVE Rawang toll should have a smoother drive.
The 4.6km road project will be undertaken by the state, assisted by the Public Works Department (JKR) and developers.
Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei was given a briefing by JKR on the project.
A total of 19 developers in the area are contributing to the B27 Road Fund, which is expected to cost RM250mil.
“Currently, the Gombak Drainage and Irrigation Department is looking at the alignment of three rivers along the stretch of Sungai Bakau, Sungai Kundang and Sungai Gong,” she said.
A Traffic Impact Assessment showed 15,400 vehicles use the road daily.
Residents from Taman Velox, Taman Bayu Permai, Bandar Tasik Puteri, Bandar Country Homes, Kota Emerald, Kampung Sungai Bakau, Kampung Sungai Bakau Tambahan, Taman Desa Mas, Batu Arang, Puteri Heights, Desa Mutiara, Casa Ria, Saujana Rawang and Kota Bidari will benefit from the new road.
Phase One will stretch for 1.6km from near the NKVE Rawang toll to the Petronas station. It started in December.
Phase Two of the project, which will be done by developers, will involve building a bridge from the Petronas station to near the Shell station and started early last month.
For Phase Three from the Shell station to near the Bandar Tasik Puteri junction of 2.3km, land acquisition is being carried out by the Gombak Land office.
Sungai Bakau Village development committee and security (JKKK) chairman Paul Cha said that during rush hour, it takes at least half an hour from Rawang toll to his house in Kampung Sungai Bakau.
“When Sungai Bakau floods, the traffic gets worse,” he said.
Anggun 1 Kota Emerald Residents Association chairman Ching Jih Wen, 54, said the project was long overdue.
“Currently, the contra flow helps but it is not a long-term solution,” he said.
Jalan Desa 3 Bandar Country Homes Residents Association chairman Nahanthiran Sellamuthu, 61, said it was about time that the government fulfilled its promise to build the road.
“The bottleneck at the NKVE bridge is the main concern,” he said.