TRAFFIC lights at the Da Men Mall junction in Subang Jaya have been calibrated by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council to ease traffic flow along Persiaran Kewajipan.
The timing adjustments, completed on Sunday, will keep traffic lights green for 60 seconds along Persiaran Kewajipan in both directions at the junction which saw a massive congestion following the closure of a road recently.
Motorists on Persiaran Kewajipan passing Da Men Mall on the left, can no longer turn right onto Persiaran Murni or make a U-turn.
Cars turning right on Persiaran Kewajipan onto Persiaran Permai will be given 30 seconds.
Those travelling from Persiaran Subang Permai turning right onto Persiaran Kewajipan or heading straight towards Persiaran Murni, are given 90 seconds go time, while motorists travelling from Persiaran Murni to Persiaran Permai or turning right onto Persiaran Kewajipan, will be given 30 seconds.
The traffic lights calibration and traffic management plan in the area were made to ease traffic along Persiaran Kewajipan, following the closure of the right turning on Persiaran Kewajipan towards Shah Alam, implemented on Aug 18.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng said motorists are not allowed to make a U-turn at the junction as it would compound traffic woes and re-timing the traffic lights would make the current traffic management plan a little more efficient.
“What I can do and have been doing is raise all the issues that have come through my office and push for improvements.
“I have also gone through the traffic during peak hours on numerous occasions to be able to provide personal feedback.
“To give the current plan a chance, I have suggested that more signs be put up to inform road users of the traffic change and additional yellow lines be drawn to direct traffic.
“I have even taken the initiative to personally speak to the police to assist with traffic at the Da Men junction to prevent illegal U-turns,” she said.
Despite the efforts, it seems motorists still persisted in making the illegal U-turn, and continued to turn right at the junction, aggravating traffic conditions.
Traffic was a little chaotic around noon on Saturday as there were still motorists who refused to follow the new road rules despite there being signage on the new traffic system.
Heavy vehicles and cars were seen making a right turn, and some were caught in the yellow box as the lights turned red, while others still made the U-turn.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council engineering department officers, Ng and USJ residents committee members visited the junction to check on the traffic situation. Traffic police were called in to manage traffic.
USJ2 chairman Syed Zain said the closure of the right turning to Persiaran Murni was inconvenient to residents.“I don’t know why they did that but we have to see how things work out later. I’m sure the intention was not to create traffic jams,” he said.Syed said he always used an alternative route to get home to avoid the traffic congestion.
JKP Zone 3 secretary Singam Muniandy said people living in USJ have no problems with the newly implemented traffic management plans along Persiaran Kewajipan.
“Traffic congestion has been a problem here for a long time.”
“We are fine with what was implemented, but the problem is that outsiders also use the road. Traffic would be better if they (outsiders) just follow the rules,” he said.
USJ3/4 Rukun Tetangga chairman Tan Yeng Yap said with the calibration of the traffic lights, motorists heading out of USJ 1 onto Persiaran Kewajipan or to Persiaran Murni can now move with ease.
“In the past and at this hour of the day, traffic builds up and it would take much longer for cars to move, but today more cars are passing through and traffic isn’t as bad,” he said.
MPSJ will continue to monitor developments round the clock.