SENTUL residents want Jalan Sentul in Kuala Lumpur to be upgraded and its traffic impact assessment reviewed to cater for anticipated boom in population and vehicles.
Several residential development projects are ongoing along the road and are scheduled to be completed over the next few years.
Residents are already fed up with their daily struggle using the arterial road connecting Batu Caves and Gombak to other parts of Kuala Lumpur, which is choked.
Residents fear that once the development projects are completed, traffic condition will worsen along the road that has received minimal upgrades to support current volume.
Social activist Datuk VM Panjamorthy, who lives in Sentul, said there were easily 50,000 vehicles using the road daily with the bulk of them at morning and evening peak hours.
“There were 12 new condominiums completed in the past four to five years and there are about 10 projects coming up in the next two years.
“Let’s not forget about the development that has not started but is in the pipeline.
“But there is no upgrading done to Jalan Sentul.
“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should take into consideration the residential projects mushrooming in the area.
“The density in Sentul is high and the road can no longer cope with the population, ” he told StarMetro.
Panjamorthy suggested a tidal-flow system be introduced in Jalan Sentul, like the one implemented in Jalan Loke Yew, to alleviate traffic congestion during peak hours especially the morning rush hour.
“There are three lanes on Jalan Sentul, two can be used for traffic from Jalan Enam and one lane can be used for the contra-flow towards Jalan Enam during peak hours.
“Right now, motorists have to take a detour to Jalan Amra from Jalan Sentul before turning into Jalan Enam which connects to Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (previously known as Jalan Ipoh).
“This inconvenience causes traffic to build up in Jalan Enam and the Jalan Amra junction to Jalan Sentul, ” he pointed out.
He said another way of dispersing the traffic from Jalan Sentul was to link Jalan Perhentian – the road between SJK(C) Chi Man Sentul and Church of St Joseph – to the road beside Sentul KTM station.
House of Joycare founder Charlie Brown said the high number of heavy vehicles plying the roads in the area damaged the road surface, leaving them riddled with potholes.
“The roads are in a very bad condition and there are two construction projects going on near our home.
“It gets very dusty in dry weather because passing vehicles kick up the dust near the construction sites.
“Wet cement from the cement trucks sometimes spill onto the road, causing it to be uneven after the cement chunks dry.
“It is a hazard for motorcyclists like me who frequently use Jalan Sentul, ” he said.
Restaurant owner Gary Lee said the tidal flow could help with morning traffic.
“With that system in place, motorists can drive straight from Jalan Sentul to Jalan Enam.
“There should also be more enforcement against car owners who double-park along Jalan Sentul next to Sentul Raya Boulevard, especially at the bus stop as it hinders buses from dropping off passengers using the lay-by dedicated for buses, ” he said.
When contacted, a DBKL spokesman said the residents should discuss with the manager at DBKL’s Batu branch to find a long-term solution.
“Any changes in traffic require extensive studies as they must not impact other roads in the vicinity, ” he said.