Completion of new link to ease traffic jams

Ng (in white) crossing the upgraded Jalan Kampung Pisang in Ayer Itam, Penang.

THE RM4.5mil project connecting Jalan Kampung Pisang to Jalan Thean Tek and other road upgrading works in Ayer Itam, Penang, have been completed.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) infrastructure and traffic standing committee alternate chairman Edward Tan said the project was initiated in April 2018 and completed on Aug 22 this year.

“A portion of Jalan Thean Tek, Jalan Kampung Pisang and Jalan Pisang Berangan has been upgraded.

“A 240m-long connecting road was built to link the existing Jalan Kampung Pisang to Jalan Thean Tek, ” he said at a press conference in Jalan Kampung Pisang in Ayer Itam recently.

Tan added that Jalan Ayer Itam, Jalan Thean Tek and Lebuhraya Thean Tek were important connecting roads for those staying in Ayer Itam as well as Paya Terubong, Relau and Balik Pulau to head to the George Town area and vice-versa.

“Road users commuting through this area have to face serious traffic congestion problems on a daily basis especially during peak traffic hours.

“Without widening the roads and junctions or provision of alternative routes, traffic jam problems will continue or even get worse.

“The road project connecting Jalan Kampung Pisang to Jalan Thean Tek was carried out by MBPP to ease traffic congestion here, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng hoped that the traffic congestion in the area would be reduced with the construction and upgrading works.

“Bandar Baru Ayer Itam and Paya Terubong are housing areas where the roads are usually congested before and after working hours.

“We hope that these projects will ease traffic congestion.

“However, we are worried about road users, especially motorcyclists who often make illegal turns here.

“We hope that with all these facilities, road users can follow the rules to avoid road accidents, ” he said.

Ng added that he received a lot of complaints from road users as there are a lot of traffic lights along the road from Wisma Anak Yatim Lelaki to the Ayer Itam junction.

“I have written a letter to MBPP to look into the possibility of reducing the number of traffic lights.

“They will study that for the time being.

“In the meantime, we are waiting for the new Sunshine outlet project which is underway, as the council has other plans to smoothen the traffic in the area, ” he said.

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