Klang folk upset over potholes


One of the potholes that poses a threat to motorcyclists in Lebuhraya Pulau Indah, just before the exit to the Glenmarie Cove residential area. — Photos by IZZRAFIQ ALIAZ / The Star

One of the potholes that poses a threat to motorcyclists in Lebuhraya Pulau Indah, just before the exit to the Glenmarie Cove residential area. — Photos by IZZRAFIQ ALIAZ / The Star

MOTORISTS are fuming over the washboard-like road at the intersection of Lebuh Turi and Jalan Hilir, just below the Persiaran Raja Muda Musa Federal Route 2 overhead bridge in Klang that causes vehicle-rattling bumps.

Locals and even motorists from outside Klang have lodged complaints with the Klang district Public Works Department (PWD) on the damaged road that has made driving generally unnerving as cars rattle and shake on the bumps.

Newcomers driving on the intersection are usually startled by the rattling, causing some of them to slam on the brakes and risk being rear-ended while motorcyclists taking the bend sometimes lose control, causing bad falls that could result in injuries.

For 11 months and counting, the uneven surface (the top layer of asphalt has come off) causes vehicles to rattle as they drive under the Persiaran Raja Muda Musa overhead bridge.
For 11 months and counting, the uneven surface (the top layer of asphalt has come off) causes vehicles to rattle as they drive under the Persiaran Raja Muda Musa overhead bridge.

Motorist Loo Hock Chai, 68, said it has been 11 months since the asphalt road began crumbling and numerous complaints were made to PWD.

“Most motorists tell me that the intersection and certain stretches of Persiaran Raja Muda Musa feels like a dirt road as there are potholes measuring about 2cm to 3cm deep and 30cm to 60cm wide all over the road,” he said.

Moreover, the damaged portions also slow down traffic on the already-congested roads.

He added that PWD has neglected Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, which is a major highway in Klang, as it connects Klang to Port Klang.

“Uneven stretches and potholes of various sizes dot the highway and this causes vehicles to make sudden swerves to avoid the rough patches,” said Loo.

The uneven road surface at Jalan Batu Unjur in Port Klang.

Mechanic Jim Choo said just off Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, the stretch along Jalan Batu Unjur was plagued by uneven road surfaces and potholes that have become a death trap for two-wheelers.

“We understand that this inner road is under the Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) jurisdiction and it has not resurfaced the road, nor repainted the faded road lines. It is stressful to drive at night, especially when it rains as visibility is poor,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Jalan Kem, which is also under MPK’s jurisdiction, the road is uneven and pothole-ridden.

Sunder Meiappan said there were significant portions of uneven road along Jalan Kem that needed urgent resurfacing as it could be hazardous to motorists, particularly motorcycles and trailers.

“Potholes have also appeared on the road caused by a burst pipe over five days. I had reported the matter to the authorities as treated water was flowing onto the road but Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd in Jalan Kota has not responded.

“Another burst pipe along Lorong Kem has caused several depressions in the back lanes but the authorities seem to have no urgency to remedy the situation,” he said.

Sunder said the roads along Jalan Kem must be upgraded to allow better and safer traffic flow.
Sunder said the roads along Jalan Kem must be upgraded to allow better and safer traffic flow.

One more area that motorists say is plagued by potholes is along Lebuhraya Pulau Indah exiting to the Glenmarie Cove residential area parallel to Jalan Damar where motorists, especially motorcyclists, are forced to reduce speed and swerve to avoid the potholes.

A traffic policeman said incidents of motorcyclists falling into potholes have increased during heavy rains as they are unable to gauge the depth of the water-filled holes.

With the rainy season about to peak, there is no denying that motorists are in for a long haul during which the existing potholes would expand in diameter, causing further damage to vehicles.

On another issue, Sunder urged MPK’s cleaning contractors to sweep up and remove the sand all along Jalan Kem as gusts of wind can carry the sand into the shops, making it a unhealthy environment for customers at the restaurants.

Potholes along Jalan Kem in Port Klang.IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. December 11, 2017.
Potholes mar the surface of Jalan Kem in Port Klang.

Sunder also highlighted non-functioning traffic lights at the intersection of Jalan Kem and Persiaran Raja Muda Musa that has caused several near misses as motorists tried to cross the road.

JKR district engineer Syaharidanisman Mohd Johanis said the road unit was aware of the complaints regrading the intersection of Lebuh Turi and Jalan Hilir, just below the Persiaran Raja Muda Musa Federal Route 2 and an immediate patch-up work will be done this Saturday.

“As a long-term measure, the road unit has applied to the Selangor JKR for an allocation to mill and pave the section of the road to make it good.

“The application was made in October and we expect to receive the money in March next year.

“As for the other complaints regarding potholes along Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Lebuhraya Pulau Indah before Glenmarie Cove, we will look into it within the next 48 hours,” he said.

Meanwhile, MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said MPK’s Engineering Department would resurface the uneven Jalan Batu Unjur and other roads under its jurisdiction soon.