DRIVING along Petaling Jaya’s one-way loop has taken some getting used to ever since the entire overhaul of the road system took place.
We residents have had to put up with confused drivers gingerly making their way around the OWL, and not forgetting thrill-seeking speed demons barrelling down Jalan Utara and Jalan Timur.
But the biggest, vicious cycle of a problem today is double- and triple-parked cars, sinkholes and motorists making illegal U-turns on one single route, which is Jalan Kemajuan.
At present, the arterial road linking Sections 12, 13 and 14, as well as Jalan Universiti, is one huge obstacle course every day, be it in the morning or at night.
As you turn right to enter Jalan Kemajuan from Jalan Semangat, you are immediately inundated with cars waiting on the left side of the road and motorists weaving in and out to make a U-turn to get to the other side.
Cars making sudden u-turns along Jalan Kemajuan is sometimes dangerous when there is heavy traffic
As you inch your way forward, traffic builds up because motorists are either wanting to turn right into Section 12 or left into Section 13.
At this point, frustration builds up because there are two road upgrading works approaching the construction site of a multi-storey mixed development project.
A part of the road has been cordoned off for the construction but you will only notice it when you see the cones, and by then, you are stuck on the lane and have to carefully manoeuvre to the next lane to mosey on.
Here, Jalan Kemajuan begins to look like a clogged artery, thanks to “unhealthy” road management and selfish business owners who set up their jockey parking service along the road.
It baffles me how Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) can allow the restaurant operators there to park their customers’ cars on the road shoulders and pavements.
To add to the problem, motorists along this stretch have to watch out for vehicles going in and out of Jalan 13/4, which has factories and car service centres.
Another 100 metres down Jalan Kemajuan is a big intersection leading to Jalan Dato’ Abu Bakar in Section 16 and Jalan Universiti, with traffic lights, and a U-turn.
What MBPJ should do to ease the current congestion is close one or two of the small turnings on Jalan Kemajuan to ensure motorists to only use the legal U-turn at the traffic lights.
In addition, road works should not extend to after the designated working hours.
As road users, we don’t know what to expect each day on this road because all of a sudden, there are orange cones put up overnight and left there strewn about, catching motorists off guard.
It is particularly dangerous at night where this entire stretch is dimly lit and cars dart in and out and park on the pavements.