Motorists unhappy over unpainted, oversized kerb in Jinjang

The unpainted kerb at the junction of Jalan Besar Kepong and Jalan Jambu Melaka 1 is too large, making it difficult for big vehicles to turn.

MOTORISTS are crying foul over an unpainted kerb and lack of proper signage at the junction of Jalan Besar Kepong and Jalan Jambu Melaka 1 in Taman Jinjang Baru, which poses a danger to motorists.

They said that the kerb was oversized, making the road too narrow for lorries and tractors to turn into.

Hardware shop owner Tang Kun Chiew, 64, said the recent upgrading of the kerb had caused some of the motorists to graze the concrete edges of the kerb or go over it.

“The road is currently too small for bigger vehicles like vans and trailers.

“The kerb is also not painted, and the lack of signs make it more difficult to see it especially at night, ” he said during a press conference at the site.

The recently upgraded kerb at the junction just outside Maybank Jinjang branch office had turned Jalan Jambu Melaka 1 into a one-way street, preventing motorists from turning into Jalan Besar Kepong.

There is also a traffic light near the junction along Jalan Besar Kepong.

However, motorists complain that the kerb was too big hence making the road narrower.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng during a press conference at the site, said the kerb was upgraded for the safety of the motorists.

“Previously, motorcyclists would exit the commercial area to Jalan Besar Kepong and make their way to the rightmost lane of the road to make a U-turn to Kuala Lumpur or turn into Jalan Jinjang Utama at the traffic lights opposite the commercial area.

“This is very dangerous as a lot of accidents have taken place at this junction. There were at least three fatal accidents a year, ” he said.

A Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Urban Transportation Department representative who was present during the press conference said the kerb was not completed.

“The kerb will be painted soon and a reflective sign will be installed there.

“However, we will monitor the situation for three months to check whether the kerb is a hindrance to motorists.

“If the kerb is too big, we will rectify it, ” he said.

Meanwhile, the lack of signage at a traffic island at the junction of Jalan Ambong Kiri and Jalan Ambong 2 had also caused several accidents at the area.

Lim said the double-lane arrow sign was only installed on Sept 2.

“Before that, two accidents had happened here and one of the motorists was seriously injured, ” he said.

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