THE maintenance and care of Klang’s third bridge, Jambatan Raja Muda Nala, is now the responsibility of Klang Municipal Council (MPK).
It used to be maintained by Selangor Public Works Department (JKR). However, the state government instructed MPK to take over maintenance of the 2.5km bridge that costs RM225mil, built by JKR in 2014.
The bridge was officially launched in November last year by Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
“The state has put a lot of trust in us to take up the responsibility of caring for this very expensive bridge, and we promise to do our best,” said MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin after signing the handover documents with Selangor JKR deputy director Rozita Mat Senapi.
He said MPK would ensure that cleanliness of the bridge and landscape was maintained and that included the roads as well as repairing faulty street lights.
The council will also monitor the bridge for illegal racing activities by youths on bicycles and motorcycles.
“Ever since the bridge was opened to the public, we have had youngsters racing and performing stunts on their bikes.
“We are working with the police to curb such activities. If it still persists, the police will have to take stricter action,” he said.
Mohamad Yasid added that it was unusual for a municipal council to maintain a bridge and that JKR would be better equipped to care for it.
MPK has civil and electrical engineers but it does not have structural engineers who can study the structure of the bridge to ensure it is safe.
“Every year, we will do an audit on the bridge’s structure and try our best to engage JKR’s help to do it but if they can’t, we will get an external party,” he said.
In terms of maintenance cost, he said there was still enough funding and they had set aside an allocation for next year as well.
This bridge links the south and north of Klang via Jalan Sungai Bertih and Jalan Goh Hock Huat, and targeted to reduce traffic congestion in Klang by 20% by easing the load of the other two Klang bridges – Jambatan Kota and Jambatan Musaeddin.
What would normally take motorists about 30 minutes to cross the bridge will now take only about two minutes, for those using the third bridge, added Mohamad Yasid.
Meanwhile, Rozita said the Raja Muda Nala bridge was built with the aim of improving the road infrastructure in the developing Klang town.
“With our two ports, Northport and Westport, the added bridge will ease congestion on existing roads,” she said.
She added that Selangor JKR had a special manual for building and maintaining bridges that is reviewed yearly.
“With this manual, MPK can ask us for assistance in maintaining the bridge and its structure,” she said.