Traffic light timing in Taman Sri Andalas cause of gridlock

Motorists waiting at the Jalan Sungai Jati-Jalan Seruling 59 traffic lights in Klang.

THE traffic light timing at the intersection of Jalan Sungai Jati and Jalan Seruling 59 in Klang is contributing to congestion in the area and adjustments need to be made to ensure better traffic flow.

Many motorists from Taman Sri Andalas and Taman Sentosa who use Jalan Sungai Jati to get to Bandar Puteri, Kampung Jawa, Kesas Highway and Jalan Raja Nong said the new traffic light caused a gridlock during peak hours.

Resident Mohamed Hussain Maideen, 52, said the traffic light for motorists turning right from Jalan Sungai Jati into Jalan Seruling 59, turned green for some 20 seconds, which was just long enough for about five cars to make the turn.

“Motorists from Jalan Seruling 59 turning right into Jalan Sungai Jati have one minute and six seconds, while those travelling from Taman Sentosa to Taman Sri Andalas have one minute and 10 seconds to make it across,” he added.

Some motorists were spotted running the red light.

Mohamed Hussain pointed out that gridlock at the traffic light worsened during peak hours.

“Parents who pick up their children from SJK(T) Simpang Lima at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak in Taman Sri Andalas take 12 minutes to reach the intersection of Jalan Sungai Jati and Jalan Seruling 59 (which is about 2km away). It is an arduous drive,” he said.

Persatuan Kebajikan Prihatin Rakyat chairman Asokhan Naidu, 56, said Klang Public Works Department (JKR) must get the traffic light timing adjusted, as it was causing an inconvenience to hundreds of motorists.

“For an immediate solution, we want the Klang traffic police to help disperse traffic at the junction of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, and another at the Jalan Sungai Jati traffic lights,” he said.

Mohamed Hussain added that the traffic congestion caused locals to weave through residential roads instead.

He said Klang JKR had closed off the road median with concrete blocks further down along Jalan Sungai Jati, in front of the Thong Thye Siang factory, and shut down the traffic lights there.

“Most motorists feel the road median must be reopened partially and regulated with traffic lights for drivers to turn in and out of the factory area.

“The closure of the road median is not helping current traffic conditions, but making it worse,” he added.

Klang JKR Road Department spokesperson said a technical team would be dispatched soon to investigate the matter and adjust the timing.

“We will relook at the optimum cycle length of the lights to ensure signal settings are tuned to the needs of the traffic volume,” he added.

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