Reverse effect to congestion after traffic lights installed

KEMUNING UTAMA residents are tired of the traffic crawl leading into their residential area in Shah Alam due to a new set of traffic lights in front of Residence 33.

Ever since the new lights were installed, residents say the congestion into the established neighbourhood from Persiaran Mokara had increased.

Prihatin Selangor chairman Allan Ang said the timing for the traffic light was “awkward” resulting in backlog as opposed to the smooth traffic they experienced several months ago.

“The traffic light was fitted earlier this year and started operating only three months ago. The problem is that it restricts the traffic flow heading into Jalan Kemuning Permai 33/42,” he said.

In the past, the heavy traffic from Jalan Kemuning Palma 33/34 could flow into Jalan Kemuning Permai 33/42 without obstruction.

The traffic lights were also included to allow Kemuning Avenue and Residence 33 residents to make a turn.

The new traffic lights, while useful to residents of 100 houses, have become a problem for other residents.

Most times, Ang said no vehicles turned from Kemuning Avenue or Residence 33, leaving others waiting for no reason.

“The authorities should change the lights at the exit for both those residences to censor lights which turn green only if there is a vehicle waiting,” he added.

Kota Raja Wanita MCA chief Jackie Chew said residents’ suggestions should be taken into account.

She said the residents were the best judge of the situation in the area which has worsened during peak hours.

Chew said she received numerous complaints from residents individually on the traffic congestion in the evenings.

“The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) should hear the residents’ grouses and even take their opinion into account before executing any plan. The residents are able to provide insightful information because they travel the road each day,” she added.

There were also complaints about road conditions in Kemuning Utama and Kota Kemuning that needed to be addressed.

Potholes, uneven roads and shoddy patchwork had residents up in arms, demanding immediate rectification from MBSA.

“The roads here are in a sorry state and it is odd to see that such a big township with a large population of taxpayers not enjoying the amenities,” she said.

Chew hoped the council would remedy the problems immediately before people moved into the new areas in Kemuning Utama which was expected to increase the population.

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