KLANG: Lorong Perbandaran in Klang, which was closed to traffic for almost 11 months, will tentatively reopen after the Hari Raya festive period.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) engineering director Zamri Othman told StarMetro that the council’s tentative plan was to reopen the dual-lane road to traffic after Hari Raya.
“Our contractor has installed two boom gates on Lorong Perbandaran. One is close to Dewan Hamzah, while the other is at the base of the hill, closer to Jalan Raya Barat.
According to Zamri, the road would only be opened during certain hours. The boom gates are to prevent vehicles from entering the road after these hours.
MPK councillor Denesh Raja Rajaratnam said the issue of Lorong Perbandaran would be discussed at the council’s infrastructure sub-committee meeting on June 11, to decide on the time limit allowed and whether to have traffic move both ways or just one way.
For now, the makeshift concrete barriers are still in place, a few metres from the new boom gates.
Most Klang motorists want a one-way movemebt of traffic from Jalan Raya Barat to Jambatan Kota via Jalan Perbandaran.
Klang residents K. Arumugam, 65, and Lim Yeong Peow said it was good that the road would be reopened but they said they hoped it to be turned into a one-way street for smoother traffic flow.
“It would be less stressful, smoother and faster,” Arumugam said.
One of the busiest roads in town, Lorong Perbandaran allows motorists to cross over with ease to Klang town, Meru and Kapar via Jambatan Kota and head towards the Klang district and land office, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and Little India’s commercial area.
However, on April 3, 2018, MPK closed the 350m slip road, citing security reasons.
The unilateral decision to close the road was met with much protest from motorists and residents.
Residents said the closure caused massive traffic jams outside the Kuan Yin temple on Jalan Raya Barat during peak hours.
Klang traffic police also witnessed daily traffic crawls during peak hours from Jalan Bukit Jawa entering Jalan Raya Barat behind the South Klang police station.