Smoother ride for motorists

Mohamed Khaled (second from right) meeting the public during the event.

JOHOR BARU: The second phase of the Pasir Gudang Highway expansion project, which would turn the existing four lanes into six lanes, is expected to be completed by next year.

Pasir Gudang MP Normala Abdul Samad said the second phase of the project covers the expansion of lanes from Plentong to Seri Alam along the highway that links Pasir Gudang and Taman Perling.

The second phase is expected to be completed by next year if no problems occur during this period, she said after attending the Pasir Gudang parliamentary Hari Raya open house held at Taman Johor Jaya multi-purpose hall recently.

She added that the first phase of the project, covering a 8km distance from the Kangkar Tebrau junction to Plentong, had already been completed and that work on the second phase was now ongoing.

“There was a delay in the completion date during the first phase as we appointed the contractors to conduct the maintenance work quite late as well as due to some other factors.

“But I am sure that the problem will not occur again as the upgrading works for the second phase has already started,” she said.

The Federal Government approved the project under the 10th Malaysia Plan as it was a major highway utilised by more than 125,000 motorists daily.

Phase One was only completed at the end of 2015, with many frustrated motorists facing road congestions daily as construction work went on.

Also present at the event was Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin and some 9,000 visitors from all races.

Earlier during her speech, Normala said that this was the third year she had conducted an open house during the festive celebration.

There was an increased number of visitors compared to last year’s turnout of 7,000, she said.

Guests were served with a traditional meal including nasi minyak, cookies and more, with children receiving duit raya as well.

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