RESIDENTS, motorists and pedestrians affected by the one-way loop (OWL) in Section 52, Petaling Jaya will give the lowest ratings for the project.
The RM23.8mil project of Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) started in October last year and its completion was planned for August next year.
However, looking at its progress and that of the national sewer project taking place concurrently, it will not come as a surprise if there are further delays.
The problem with the OWL started on the first day of its implementation.
It will be remembered as the most chaotic and disorganised implementation of a traffic system in the city.
Vehicles were travelling in all directions and there was almost no traffic management by the authorities. It was pure madness.
However within days motorists understood the routes and tried to abide by the plan.
Many still fear for their safety due to the uneven roads, potholes, confusing signage, sewerage works, sharp debris, shoddy construction and poor lighting among many other problems.
The one-way route also caused motorists to speed.
Residents’ request to view the full design of the OWL remained unanswered. They were instead shown artist’s impression of portions of the loop.
StarMetro had received numerous phone calls and emails by residents and motorists pouring their grievances since Oct 12 last year.
In the last StarMetro front page story, there was a request for the Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Public Services Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Works Ministry to conduct a spot check on the project.
The OWL was planned to incorporate a universal design to cater also to the disabled.
Although it is still under construction, the placement of lamp posts and bicycle lanes are not pedestrian-friendly.
Several of the workshop participants at the “Access Audit In The Built Environment” in Petaling Jaya were not impressed by the facilities at the loop.
Street lights are placed in the middle of a walkways and bicycle lanes, making it a clear obstruction for the blind and cyclists.
The pedestrian crossing in Jalan Utara is also not user-friendly as it is not in a straight line.
Another problem highlighted is that the pavements differ in sizes and are not suitable for wheelchair users.
With just so many problems one cannot help but to wonder whether the council has a clue on what it wants for the OWL.
Another development that took place this year was the conversion of the Jalan Othman roundabout (also known as the Templer roundabout) into a traffic lights junction in May.
The road surface was first uneven and had to be resurfaced numerous times.
However, the council is still trying to address the traffic light phasing issue due to bad traffic congestion that continue to plague motorists.
It was reported in StarMetro that in an effort to alleviate congestion on these roads, MBPJ is conducting a three-month trial until March 14 next year.
Jalan Templer traffic heading from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Jamek Mosque towards the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) cannot turn right at the junction into the Old Town area, but can still continue into Jalan Gasing
These new traffic restrictions will only be in place every morning during the trial period from 6.30am to 9.30am.