Easing congestion in Jalan Gombak

Yew (right) showing where the new road will be constructed.

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will be constructing a 6m wide road to ease the traffic flow near SJK(C) Lee Rubber in Jalan Gombak, following the closure of a carpark caused traffic congestion when parents dropped off their children in front of the school.

Federal Territory MCA chief Datuk Yew Teong Look said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz had agreed that a road would be constructed near the school.

“I am hoping it will be completed in a month,” said Yew.

StarMetro reported on March 22 that the carpark next to the school was closed by landowners before the school holidays, forcing traffic to a standstill as parents had to drop off their children in front of the school.

The spillover, combined with the nearby condominium and apartment residents’ vehicles as well as the school transport, caused traffic to stretch up to one kilometre in three directions.

Yew said there was an understanding with the surau near the school for parents to use the slip road temporarily and the barrier gate had been lifted.

“So at the moment, parents can access the carpark in front of the school and drop off their children before exiting via the slip road,” he said, adding that parents were happy with the new arrangement.

“When the carpark was closed previously, it caused a traffic jam and parents had to drop off the pupils far away from the school or they would have to park the car and walk the children to the school,” he said.

Yew said it was also more convenient especially during rainy days that both parents and children would not get drenched.

“Once the road is constructed, a refuse chamber at the exit of the school will be demolished to make way and complete the link to the new road,” he said.

StarMetro also reported that an application for the construction of 25 storeys of affordable housing at the closed carpark had been submitted to DBKL.

The proposal included 160 residential units, a seven-storey carpark, a community hall and shops at the plot of land along Jalan Meranti.

The application also included converting the land status from residential to mixed development.

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