KAJANG Municipal Council’s (MPKj) RM1mil road upgrading works on the SILK Highway are now complete and road users can look forward to less traffic congestion near Columbia Asia Hospital.
The project was done on a 500m stretch of road from the junction in Jalan C180. MPKj councillor So Lian Kiong said the
project, which started in December last year, was funded by MPKj and the contractor was appointed through a tendering process.
So said it was an effort to reduce traffic congestion, especially during peak hours, and the road had been widened by 1m, not only to improve traffic flow, but also to give vehicles coming from Columbia Asia Hospital more space and time to move into the main road.
“I urge drivers to be responsible on the road and abide by the rules.
“Please use the U-turn further down the road instead of cutting into the right lane towards SILK Highway from the junction as it is dangerous to yourself and others.
“SILK must also do their part in providing better road signage,” So said.
Brand-new lamp posts and refurbished drainage systems have also been installed as part of the road upgrading project.
Balakong assemblyman Wong Siew Ki, who was present during the site visit, said that on Oct 30, a fatal accident had occurred near Columbia Asia Hospital involving a motorcyclist who had run into a pothole.
She said they had immediately contacted the SILK Highway maintenance team upon receiving the complaint on Oct 29 but to no avail.
“I hope that SILK Highway will appoint on-call officers so that matters like this can be avoided in the future,” Wong added.
He said a covered pedestrian walk project from the bus stop opposite Xing An Temple to the commercial area was being allocated funds this year.
“The project is to encourage the use of public transport as passengers from the MRT shuttle bus disembarking at the bus stop would be able to enjoy the facility of a covered walkway,” Wong added.