TRAFFIC was snarled up on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway after a 2.7km stretch of the road was closed for five hours to allow for a police investigation into last Thursday’s shooting.
Motorists and motorcyclists bound for Bayan Lepas and Penang Bridge from George Town were diverted into Jalan Ahmad Nor in Jelutong from 10.50am to 1.30pm yesterday.
The move caused traffic to build up within 20 minutes, resulting in a jam about 1km long from Jalan Ahmad Nor to the Jelutong landfill.
Other roads affected were Jalan Jelutong, Lebuhraya Gelugor and Jalan Masjid Negeri.
The Udini Road underpass and the turnoff from the Udini Road roundabout to Tesco Hypermarket in Lebuh Tengku Kudin 1 were also closed until about 1.30pm.
The traffic flow eased up only after the entrance to the flyover near the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway-Jalan Ahmad Nor junction was open at 1.30pm.
Still, many motorists could not travel up Penang Bridge as the turnoff to the bridge was closed until 4pm yesterday.
Traffic was also reportedly heavier than usual at the The Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal in Weld Quay.
Penang Port Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Sasidharan Vasudevan said four ferries were plying between the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal and Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal in Butterworth at 15-minute intervals.
“Usually, there are only three ferries operating after 9.30am daily. But we increased the number to four in view of the situation,” he said when contacted.
Motorist T. Sheela, 28, said traffic was bad in Jelutong and Gelugor.
“It usually takes me 40 minutes to reach my office in Bayan Lepas from Jalan Macalister.
“But today, the travelling time was doubled,” she said.
Some 30 forensics policemen from Bukit Aman and Penang were seen searching for clues at the crime scene.
They also used a 3D laser scanner to re-enact the crime scene within a 300m radius.
An angle finder device was also used to establish the degree of the shots.
The victims shot dead during Thursday’s shooting allegedly by the bodyguard of Datuk Ong Teik Kwong were Ong, 32, professional clown Choi Hon Ming, 32, and florist M. Senthil, 38.
Those injured were part-time RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin, 28, TNB assistant manager Nurul Huda Abdul Aziz, 38, Dr Arivarni Krishnan, 33, businessman Lim Boon Leng, 32, and factory worker Lee Hong Boon, 56.
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