FROM Aug 22 onwards, the Public Works Department (JKR) is set to implement a one-way traffic system for the Jalan Pekan Lama and Jalan Leong Boon Swee stretch due to construction works there.
One of the bridges on the stretch will be demolished for reconstruction and road users will only be able to use the other bridge, which will be one-way for eight months.
Initially, JKR wanted to close the whole stretch for the construction works but Ipoh City Council councillors intervened by saying that it would cause a bottleneck situation in the area.
Councillor Choo Kean Seng said councillors objected the idea and JKR eventually came up with a one-way road alternative, which he said is the best option to complete the bridge project.
“Closing that road would have prevented access for many people. There are few schools in that area and imagine the traffic situation when school session starts and ends.
“This current plan by JKR is like a ring road. It is a one-way system and it will ease some access problems. Congestion will be there but it won’t be severe.
“Ipoh folks will have to be patient for eight months. Once it is done, there will be two bridges, and the road in that area will be widened too,” he said to reporters after inspecting the construction site.
Choo, who is in charge of Pekan Lama, Medan Kidd and Greentown, added that once the project is completed, the road will become a two-way road with three lanes for each road.
The improvements will help ease traffic and Choo said people will have to be patient because it will only benefit them in the future.
“I would like to assure the public that the council is monitoring the whole project. For us, the comfort of the public is our main goal.We do not want the public to get worried. In the future, traffic flow there will be smooth and people do not need to worry about traffic jams,” said Choo.