Traffic island at Kepong link road to be removed

The traffic island that has become a hazard to motorists along Jalan Metro Perdana Barat will be removed. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

The traffic island outside Mizumi Residences at Jalan Metro Perdana, Kepong in Kuala Lumpur will be removed following complaints by nearby residents and motorists.

Located at an intersection of Jalan Metro Perdana Barat and an unnamed link road leading to Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), motorists claim it is causing an inconvenience, especially for those travelling from Taman Usahawan to MRR2.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said the traffic island was built to limit traffic flow into the area.

“The island was built five years ago but the volume of traffic here increased when people started moving into the newly completed developments.

“Worse still, motorists from MRR2 use the link road as a shortcut to Jalan Besar Kepong.

“The high volume of traffic now causes a bottleneck at the junction, ” he said in a press conference at the site.

He added that accidents had also occurred in the area.

Although the traffic island has been handed over to Kuala Lumpur City Hall by the previous developer, works to remove it will be carried out by the main contractor of Mizumi Residences.

“We have spoken to DBKL and they agree that its removal will allow better traffic flow, ” said Yee.

Mizumi Residences’ main contractor operation manager Sam Hoi said the island would be removed within a week.

“Once the residential project is completed in 2023, we will also widen the road to four lanes, ” he added.

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