Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh said there was a company in talks with the Selangor state government over a new highway but the project was not confirmed.
He said this when asked if there would be a new highway project in the city after the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) was cancelled.
On speculation about the PJD Link Highway by some Petaling Jaya residents, he said there was no point in building highways that were rejected by the public.
“Most importantly, the state must agree to this project. The company is engaging with the state but nothing has been confirmed,” said Ismail after launching the coffee table book, The LDP Story, at the Litrak Operations Complex in Bandar Sunway, PJS 9, Petaling Jaya.
Ismail said the book was a documentation of the challenges, efforts and achievements of Litrak.
He said the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) had resulted in development along the highway. Areas such as Kelana Jaya, Puchong and Putrajaya had seen a lot of development after the highway was completed.
Ismail said the LDP had been the catalyst for the rapid development. However, he added that the highway faces challenges such as high concentrations of traffic.
The increase in traffic volume has posed challenges to the highway operator to improve services and efficiency.
Lingkaran Trans Kota (Litrak) Bhd chief executive officer Sazally Saidi said the book will be distributed to universities and government agencies.
The LDP is among the busiest urban tolled highways in the country with 1.6 million users a day, but only 30% of the users pay the toll.
When the LDP project started back in 1992 some people did not understand the “user-pay” concept, said Sazally.
“We hope this book will share our story,” he said.
In conjunction with the upcoming Christmas celebrations, LDP users will get a 60sen discount while Sprint highway users will enjoy a 20sen discount on Christmas Day.
The discounts will be given from 12.01am to 11.59pm on Dec 25.
Asked to comment on the Taman Megah and Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) cross junction road proposed traffic study, Sazally said the plan was being studied.
The road plan had to take into account a new development approved by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) in Taman Megah, he said.
“There is one big development taking place in Taman Megah.
“We have asked for the development plan from MBPJ so that we could include that in our study.
“Before this, we had done studies and ran some simulations at the location but we did not know about the development plan.
“Now we need a better understanding of how we can improvise our traffic flow based on this new project. We just got the development plan from MBPJ so we will need time to study it,” he said.