Build new roads to ease bottlenecks

Former Kampung Tunku assemblyman Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou said the Phileo Damansara business centre traffic congestion could be addressed by building new roads.

He suggested that landowners think about new exit and entry routes from the back portion of their buildings.

“Think of maybe connecting the back portion of these buildings to the Section 16 neighbourhood. Clear the land and build some roads behind. Otherwise the business centre will become a cul-de-sac.

“I think maybe an underground tunnel like the one near Taman Tun Dr Ismail would be helpful.

“There should be no more buildings allowed in this area unless a traffic management plan is in place,” said Dr Wong who is also a former Petaling Jaya councillor.

He said traffic impact studies must be done independently by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to get to the root of the problem.

He also urged MBPJ to actively tow away or clamp illegally parked vehicles along Jalan 16/11.

“People park on the ramps and along the road. This problem must be solved first. It is a pity if those who work here are stuck for an hour in the basement carparkall because of the congestion along Jalan 16/11,” he said.

StarMetro recently reported on the traffic congestion outside the Section 16 business centre and along Jalan 16/11.

In the article, several recommendations were made such as removing the fork at the Jalan 17/1 junction to allow traffic from Jalan 17/1 to join vehicles on Jalan 16/11. This move will not allow motorists from Jalan 16/11 to turn left into Jalan 17/1.

In addition, it was recommended that the traffic light exit from Jalan 16/12 to Jalan 16/11 be removed and motorists from Jalan 16/12 would have to make U-turns at Jalan 17/1 to get to Jalan 16/11.

Another suggestion was to place traffic lights at the entrance to Phileo Damansara.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said he was supportive of the plans to close some of the road turnings.

He reminded the council to also check on the MRT station plan in Section 16.

“I was told that there would be some 40 parking bays for taxis and personal vehicles going to the MRT station. This is not sufficient.

“We need to work with MRT to ensure there would be auxiliary police and enough feeder buses to ferry passengers to and from the station. We need to reduce personal vehicles heading to this station,” he said.

He said the council must be on high alert because of the extra number of taxis that would be waiting for passengers at the station once the MRT line is ready.

“I hope the taxis will not block the already congested Jalan 16/11,” he said.

Petaling Jaya mayor Azizi Mohd Zain said the congestion outside the Section 16 business centre in Petaling Jaya could be addressed with the intervention of engineers and also the traffic police.

“We would need the engineers as well as the traffic police to look at ways to mitigate the congestion. We would have to study the traffic pattern here,” he said.

Councillor Tang Fui Koh said he would be meeting the Sprint highway concessionaire who are in charge of the Section 16/11 and Section 17/1 intersection traffic lights.

He said after the meeting he would bring the matter officially to the council’s traffic management committee.

“We would then gather residents feedback especially from those living in Section 16. This will follow with the idea to carry out the trial run of the proposed ideas,” he added.

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