Traffic flow at Kepong junction raises concerns

KEPONG folk want the flow of traffic at the Jalan Rimbunan Raya and Jalan 2/17 junction to be reviewed as the current system is a safety hazard to motorists.

As the junction is very near to the Laman Rimbunan commercial area, motorists often exit the commercial area and turn into both main roads from Jalan Rimbunan Raya 1.

Residents find that motorists who turn into Jalan Rimbunan Raya and subsequently to Jalan 2/17 from Jalan Rimbunan Raya 1 pose a risk to other motorists as well as pedestrians.

Ng Aming, 70, who lives in Areca Residence, said the roads were often congested because vehicles turning out from Jalan Rimbunan Raya 1 were blocking traffic.

“When Jalan Metro Perdana Timur was turned into a one-way road and vehicles were not allowed to turn in from Jalan Besar Kepong, I had to use Jalan 2/17 to get home.

“Sometimes, I would be stuck on the road from the junction to my neighbourhood, which is only about 500m away,” he said.

Safety concerns arose after a recent road widening project commenced on Jalan 2/17 by a Kuala Lumpur City Hall-appointed contractor.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping suggested that additional traffic lights be installed on Jalan Rimbunan Raya 1 to prevent accidents.

“Motorists turning into Jalan 2/17 from Jalan Rimbunan Raya have only a slight buffer time to cross to the left-most lane before turning into Jalan Besar Kepong to head to Kuala Lumpur.

“At the same time, there is free-flowing traffic from Taman Fadason to Jalan Besar Kepong via Jalan 2/17 as it is a straight road.

“So, those turning from Jalan Rimbunan Raya to Jalan 2/17 have to beware of oncoming traffic,” he explained.

Yee also suggested that traffic lights be installed along Jalan 2/17 for vehicles heading towards Jalan Besar Kepong from Taman Fadason.

“I have highlighted the issue to City Hall’s Urban Transportation Department and they have agreed to make a site visit to look into the traffic system next week,” he said. — By JAROD LIM

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