MELAKA: Motorists entering the state via the Ayer Keroh toll can now reach the city centre in 20 minutes, thanks to two new flyovers that opened last month.
Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the elevated interchange in Ayer Keroh and Peringgit were part of several planned traffic dispersal projects to solve traffic congestion in the state.
“The flyovers allow motorists to bypass the cross junctions that lead to the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh and Batu Berendam in Peringgit,” he said at the opening of the MITC interchange.
Also present was Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir.
Adly said the state government initially planned to build seven elevated interchanges to enable smoother traffic flow along Lebuh Ayer Keroh to the city centre.
However, due to limited financial resources, only two flyovers were built for the first phase of the project.
“The traffic congestion in the state is the main complaint raised by the public, so the state government will work closely with the Federal Government to address the matter,” he said.
Mohd Anuar said the Federal Government approved a RM461mil allocation for two traffic dispersal projects in Melaka under the 11th Malaysia Plan to resolve traffic congestion in the state.
He said RM385mil was meant for the construction of the two new flyovers while the remaining allocation was for a double-lane road from Paya Rumput to Sungai Udang to address the traffic congestion at Sungai Udang–Paya Rumput–Ayer Keroh Highway (Lebuh SPA).
“Motorists in Melaka can expect a smoother drive once both projects are completed,” he said.