THE junction between Jalan BU3/1 and Lebuh Bandar Utama has become notorious for accidents because of the lack of traffic lights and speed bumps.
This residential area also houses SJKC Puay Chai 2.
With parents sending their children to school and residents commuting to work, the junction sees heavy traffic as well as a fair share of incidents and close encounters on a regular basis.
The latest one happened on Aug 20 and was captured on a driver’s dashcam. A car exiting Jalan BU3/1 collided with another car resulting in the latter over-turning but luckily the driver was not seriously injured, while the other car sped off.
A concerned parent, whose children are in the vernacular school, said there was an urgent need for traffic lights at the junction or at least speed bumps to deter speeding drivers.
He said many letters of complaints had been written to Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), the former and current Petaling Jaya mayors, as well as relevant councillors, but no one responded.
He added that the matter was also brought up to Bandar Utama assemblyman Jamaliah Jamaluddin, but residents did not receive a response.
Bandar Utama Residents Association chairman Syed Mohd Taufik Abu Bakar said part of the association’s budget for 2020 was to instal traffic lights at the said junction.
“We have submitted the request to Jamaliah’s assistant for traffic lights as well as a walkway from the Bandar Utama MRT station to Pelangi Damansara.
“We have had various opinions on this issue (about the dangerous junction), some of them include a U-turn, overhead bridge and pedestrian crossing.
“However, when we highlighted this problem to MBPJ previously, there was no proper follow-up, ” said Taufik.
MBPJ Zone 7 councillor John Leong, who is also Jamaliah’s assistant, said after last month’s accident, he was provided a copy of the official request by SJKC Puay Chai 2’s Parent-Teacher Association and the residents association to MBPJ to instal the traffic lights.
“Before this, there was no formal request made for the traffic lights.”
He assured that MBPJ was already in the process of preparing a push-button traffic light system (for pedestrians to cross).
“The process normally involves a consultant studying the road system and getting police feedback on statistical data, ” he said.
According to Leong, MBPJ’s Engineering Department has said the traffic lights would be installed before the end of the year.