IT SHOULD take Law Keng Yan 20 minutes to get home but with heavy traffic merging from Jalan Besar to the Sungai Besi Expressway after work hours, his journey can take up to two hours.
Law is one of many motorists affected by the congestion in Seri Kembangan.
It was reported in 2015 that the Selangor government allocated RM36mil for the one-way road project in Jalan Besar, which was implemented in April 2014.
But even with the implementation, there is still a bottleneck at the junction heading to the Sungai Besi Expressway, which leads to areas like Balakong, The Mines and Taman Sungai Besi.
Jalan Besar serves as the main road for residents of Taman Universiti Indah, Taman Equine Park and Jalan Putra Permai.
The traffic problem there also affects those living in Serdang and travelling to Balakong and Putrajaya or Kajang as well as those from Balakong who want to enter Serdang or use the road to head to Kuala Lumpur in order to avoid toll.
Law said the traffic lights in front of The Mines 2 changes too fast during peak hours.
He added that the traffic lights should be recalibrated or traffic policeman be deployed at the junction to ease congestion.
Serdang MCA Youth deputy chief Chang Toong Woh said more needed to be done to improve traffic flow in the area.
“If you look at Jalan Besar, there is still a temporary road barrier so it looks like works are not done though it has been years since the one-way road system was implemented,” he said.
Chang added that the junction from Jalan Besar to Sungai Besi Expressway allowed motorists to make a U-turn or turn right onto the expressway.
“The U-turn is dangerous if heavy vehicles decide to use it.
“Also, motorcyclists cross the gaps between the road barriers to make a U-turn, which is dangerous if oncoming traffic is fast,” he said.
To ease traffic, Chang proposed that the traffic lights in front of The Mines 2 turn green for a longer period.
“Instead of a minute, the traffic lights should remain green for about two to three minutes so that more vehicles can pass through during peak hours,” he said.
Chang added that he would be handing over a written proposal to Besraya for consideration.
He also urged the Selangor government to study the effectiveness of the one-way road system implemented and to improve traffic in Seri Kembangan.
In August 2017, StarMetro quoted Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah as saying that the one-way road system was not enough to ease the congestion.
He said RM6mil was allocated by the Public Works Department to turn Jalan Besar into a one-way traffic system, which has improved traffic flow in the town centre but is not a complete solution to the overall congestion.
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming was also quoted as saying that he had requested for a Federal allocation for the upgrade as it was beyond the state’s financial capabilities.
His request was met with a reply that the total cost to upgrade Jalan Besar and the intersection all the way to the intersection between Jalan Putra Permai and Damansara-Puchong Highway was RM400mil.
Chang said though Jalan Besar was under the Federal Government, the state had taken upon itself to upgrade the road and that it should not say it did not have enough funds after making a promise to improve traffic.