KLUANG: The expansion works at Jalan P. Srinivasan bridge are expected to be completed early January, with a total development cost of RM1.45mil.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said the development included the relocation of utilities and expanding the two-lane road from 3.5m to 4m, apart from adding a new 4m-wide lane.
“The total stretch of development is about 550m and the two-lane would be turned into a four-lane road.
“Due to the existing narrow road condition, the work might cause traffic congestion in the area. I hope people in Kluang will be patient during this time, ” he said after the ground-breaking ceremony for the bridge expansion works here.
Sahruddin said Kluang Municipal Council (MPK) will bear part of the costs.
He said a private company, Tong Tor Sdn Bhd, had agreed to pay RM500,000 for the project as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme.
“MPK will spend RM950,000 for works involving expansion of the existing road, redevelopment of roads from Jalan P. Srinivasan to the traffic light junction, and relocation of traffic lights along the stretch.
“This is a good example of how the local council can work together with the private sector to help improve infrastructure to benefit the public, ” he said, adding that the expansion works would ease traffic flow from Yap Tau Sah to Jalan Kluang-Kota Tinggi,
Sahruddin said he had meetings with MPK president Mohd Rafi Abdullah regarding the current development works in Kluang and was satisfied with the progress.
Johor local government, urban wellbeing and environment committee chairman Tan Chen Choon, state youth, sports, entrepreneurship development and cooperatives committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali, state health, culture and heritage committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar and state unity, domestic trade and consumerism committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan were also present at the ceremony.