Dangerous route to follow

This stretch along Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang lacks streetlights and signboards warning of road works, causing concern among motorists especially at night.

LACK of proper signboards and streetlights along a stretch of Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang, between Rawang toll and Bandar Tasik Puteri, is making driving dangerous for motorists.

Daytime presents a different problem -- rush-hour traffic congestion.

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 are facing these problems daily.

Bandar Country Homes resident S. Nahanthiran said the streetlights worked only for a few days.

“It is very dangerous as the roads are narrow and dark. There are also no proper signboards to warn motorists of the roadworks.

“So far there hasn’t been any fatal accidents and I hope it stays that way,” he said.

Sungai Bakau Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) chairman Paul Cha said that during rush hours, it would take at least half an hour to travel from Rawang toll to his house in Kampung Sungai Bakau, a five-minute drive in normal traffic condition, and it was worse when there was a downpour.

Bandar Country Homes Residents Association chairman Soong Beng Khoon said people living in the surrounding area had to endure the daily jam and were left in the dark about how long the roadworks would take.

“I saw that the Phase Two of the project was done, but the main problem is at the bottleneck from Rawang toll to the Petronas station, where no construction work has started.

“It is very frustrating having to go through this traffic jam every day to get home,” he said.

Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei met with Public Works Department and consultants.

“The road under construction stretches about 1.3km to Sungai Bakau.

Gan explained that the project to upgrade the road, making it a dual-carriageway with an additional lane, started in April this year and wasexpected to be completed by middle of next year.

“The RM250mil Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang (B27) expansion over a distance of 4.6km is under way and will take about three years to complete.

“Work is being carried out in stages. Once completed, motorists heading to Bandar Tasik Puteri from the NKVE Rawang toll will have a smoother drive,” she said.

The 4.6km road project is being undertaken by the state, assisted by Public Works Department (JKR) and developers.

Gan said the contractors had placed amber blinker lights to caution motorists and the developers involved had agreed to move some streetlights closer to the road.

She urged the people to be patient as residents in the nearby townships would benefit from the road expansion.

She said a total of 19 developers in the area contributed to the B27 Road Fund.

“Currently, the Gombak Drainage and Irrigation Department is looking into the alignment of three rivers along the stretch of Sungai Bakau, Sungai Kundang and Sungai Gong,” she said.

Phase One will stretch for 1.6km from near the NKVE Rawang toll to the Petronas station.

Phase Two of the project, which will be done by developers, will involve building a bridge from the Caltex station to Sungai Bakau.

In Phase Three, the road will link up Sungai Bakau and the Bandar Tasik Puteri junction, a distance of 2.3km.

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