JALAN Tun Razak, one of the main arterial roads in Kuala Lumpur, is notorious for traffic congestion.
Traffic gridlock, due to various interchanges in the area, can be unbearable, especially during rainy seasons.
It is expected to worsen once the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) City development is completed.
To address the problem, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has taken the initiative to implement the TRX external road to help ease current traffic conditions along Jalan Tun Razak, while facilitating effective traffic dispersal from the future TRX City and incoming traffic from Bukit Bintang and Kampung Pandan.
Motorists residing within Kuala Lumpur as well as the outskirts of Klang Valley will soon enjoy improved road traffic conditions as the new external road is to be built by the first quarter of 2020.
The project is currently close to 50% completion.
Naza Engineering & Construction (Naza EC) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Naza Group of Companies, won the tender for the best design and build in infrastructure plan to construct the 2.5km elevated roadway.
It will complement the existing number of lanes on Jalan Tun Razak.
The project will support current traffic flow and accommodate the growing vehicle population along Jalan Tun Razak when TRX City is operational.
The first approach single-lane ramp starts near Jalan Langgak Golf, picking up traffic heading towards the Kampung Pandan roundabout.
It will merge with Jalan Bukit Bintang’s two-lane ramp near Jalan Delima, before the Jalan Tun Razak-Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection to become a three-lane carriageway section, forming the mainline of the external road.
Another ingress ramp will connect to the multi-level roadway from TRX City.
The ramps will then connect motorists to the Kampung Pandan roundabout, Maju Expressway (MEX) and Setiawangsa Pantai Expressway (SPE) northbound and southbound via separate ramps.
An additional two ramps are under way to connect the Jalan Kampung Pandan overpass and MEX towards the south entrance of TRX City.
The TRX external road is a long-term solution by DBKL to address traffic congestion along Jalan Tun Razak and the surrounding roads.
According to a Traffic Impact Assessment study, once completed, the traffic dispersal project is expected to accommodate up to 48,000 vehicles daily during peak hours.