BUSINESS owners are furious over ongoing roadworks along Jalan SS2/24 in Petaling Jaya which have been taking longer than usual to complete.
Last year, contractors appointed by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) began works on parts of the main road, concentrating mainly near the junctions of Jalan SS2/35 and Jalan SS2/45.
However, the work which is entering into its fourth week, has angered shopowners and residents who drive on this stretch daily.
Pat Thien, who runs a nasi lemak stall near the traffic light junction, said the situation has taken a toll on her business.
“The city council is taking its sweet time with this matter and the roadworks only start at night,” said Thien, adding that the recent hot spell made the situation worse as her stall had become dustier, requiring her to cover the food with plastic sheets all the time.
A furniture operator, who only wanted to be known as Pang, said she had to clean her shop more often since the roadworks began last year.
“Everywhere is dusty, I have to mop my shop and clean my furniture a few times a day.
“Some of us here are also suffering from bad sore throat due to the dust,” said Pang.
She added that MBPJ could have begun the resurfacing works in stages instead of milling all the junctions at the same time.
“They can do one junction and complete it before moving to another so that the area will not be as dusty as it is now,” she said.
Several shopowners were also worried that their business would be affected if the roadworks were not completed soon as customers may avoid travelling on Jalan SS2/24.
“Some spots are quite dangerous especially during a downpour at night.
“There are no lights to warn motorists of the uneven road surface here,” said a car accessory shopowner who wanted to be known as How.
StarMetro, during a recent visit to the site, saw only a few contractors repairing underground cables and pipes at the junction between Jalan SS2/35 and Jalan SS2/24.
Motorists on both sides of Jalan SS2/24 had to slow down when arriving at the busy junction as they had to carefully manoeuvre their way around to avoid damaging their vehicles.
Several heavy machineries were also parked at the neighbourhood, while bags of materials to be used for the resurfacing works were piled up on pavements and junctions of affected roads.
Petaling Jaya city councillor Wong Swee Sang said the upgrading works involved changing the road materials at the heavily utilised junctions.
The junctions identified will be replaced with semi-rigid pavement material said to be a suitable material for heavily used road junctions.
“We have informed the contractors to put up safety lights at night to prevent any accident or mishap,” said Wong.
He added that there would be a slight delay in roadworks as the contractors had to realign several utility cables before they were able to proceed with resurfacing works.
Wong said the city council hoped to complete the project by mid-February.
The semi-rigid pavement material was also used in Singapore for both airport parking aprons, industrial heavy loading yards and road junctions.
It is also easy to maintain with high strengths to withstand heavy traffic and has better durable properties.
Early last year, two other junctions – Jalan 2/55 and Jalan SS2/75 – along the same road (Jalan SS2/24) were replaced with the semi-rigid pavement material as well.