MOTORISTS exiting the Federal Highway onto a sharp fork road, one leading to Subang Jaya and the other to USJ find it dangerous and want Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to address the problem.
University students and residents of Subang and USJ have witnessed numerous accidents at this area mostly involving side-swipes, rear-end collisions and car crashes at the median barrier.
USJ resident and architecture student Tamara Chan Chee Wah, 23, said most drivers enter the sharp bend from the Federal Highway and often make abrupt stops or reduce their speed before entering the intersection, which makes them prone to accidents.
“This happens in the morning, evening and worst, during heavy rain. It is dangerous,” she said.
Student Chester Lee Kee Mie, 23, said the curved stretch of the fork was too short and confused drivers that leads to sudden lane switches.
“The faded road lines make it worse as well as the absence of reflective markers, and poor lighting at night.
“With the festive season, more cars are on the road and there should be visual lane markers in the middle, left and right edge of the road. It will help motorists stay in the lane leading to the intersection,” Lee said.
Subang Jaya OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohd Azlin Sadari was aware of the dangerous fork and said the relevant authorities should resolve the matter.
“MPSJ and other authorities must coordinate to instal road signage before the left turn into the road bend to guide motorists who want to turn into Subang Jaya on the left, or USJ on the right,” he said.
ACP Mohd Azlin said from January to Nov 30 this year, there were 29 reported accidents at the fork, and this warranted action to improve road safety.
“As an immediate measure, putting up a large “Subang Jaya and USJ” signage 50m before the exit at the Federal Highway with arrows and again on the road bend will lead motorists better. It adds visual reinforcement and does not cost much,” he added.
MPSJ councillor Ken Chia who received numerous complaints on this matter, drove through the site to get a better understanding and said he would bring this up to the council’s Engineering Department (Traffic Unit).
“Based on observations, using this bend before the Subang Jaya/USJ intersection requires quick judgment and motorists are vulnerable to accidents,” he said.
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