PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will install traffic lights at the busiest crossing in Jalan Gasing, just after the Glad Tidings Church, to ease traffic exiting the Section 10 neighbourhood from Jalan 10/1.
“We have observed and discussed the issue of safety at length and feel that traffic lights will smoothen traffic flow exiting Jalan 10/1, especially during rush hour,” said MBPJ Engineering Department director Ismail Shafie.
The traffic lights will be installed in March and cost about RM200,000.
“Jalan Gasing, the first dual carriageway in the country, built in 1960, is too congested now.
“Our Traffic Unit (mechanical and electrical section) is working out the details.
“I agree with motorists and Section 10 Residents Association (S10RA) that the crossing is dangerous as vehicles speed along Jalan Gasing,” he said, adding that the request for traffic lights came from S10RA residents and SMJK Katholik.
In June 2016, Petaling Jaya OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zani Che Din recommended traffic lights as a solution to overcome the difficulties of motorists crossing from Jalan 10/1 to Jalan Gasing.
Due to manpower shortage, the police were unable to station a traffic personnel there every morning for peak-hour traffic.
“MBPJ’s aim is to improve traffic flow in an effective and efficient manner.
“Rumble strips and reflective road studs will also be used,” said Ismail.
On July 18 last year, StarMetro highlighted the plight of motorists dicing with danger as they exited from Jalan 10/1 to go across Jalan Gasing with the high volume of traffic.
It was reported last year that senior citizens in the Section 10 neighbourhood spoke to Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain about it and parents of Catholic High School students had requested for traffic lights.
Motorists used Jalan Gasing to get to the northwest end leading to the Federal Highway and Jalan Universiti while the other end led to Jalan Changgai, Jalan Templer and fed into Jalan Kelang Lama.
S10RA president Ronald Danker said the residents of Section 10 were grateful to Mohd Azizi and Ismail for focusing on the safety of motorists using Jalan Gasing.