Folks irked over road widening project


Ang (second from left) and some parents checking on the roadworks in front of SMK Dato’ Penggawa Timur.

JOHOR BARU: Parents of students in a secondary school in Masai here are upset over the slow progress for a road widening project in front of the premises.

They said they are worried for their children’s safety as well as tired of the traffic congestion the project was causing.

They said the works in front of SMK Dato’ Penggawa Timur, that started three years ago, had yet to be completed.

The parent of a 13-year-old student, Gan Chin Tong, 44, said the construction works was not only a danger to the children and the public but also caused traffic congestion.

“I have to leave my house at least 30 minutes earlier now since the works started. My daughter is in the morning session and the traffic congestion is bad.

“My biggest concern is her safety, especially during peak hours as there are no proper drop-off or pick-up points along the road.

“She has to walk quite a distance to get to the school, ” said Gan.

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Another parent, Wang Chee Kieng, 45, said he too feared for his child’s safety.

“Besides traffic congestion and the construction works, heavy vehicles like lorries also ply this route.

“Those travelling between Pasir Gudang and Johor Baru use this road, adding to the chaos.

“Most of the lorries carry construction materials and mishaps could occur.

“I hope the contractor can speed up the work on the road and complete it before school reopens next year, ” he said.

Wang said the construction works had come to a complete stop since the movement control order (MCO) was first implemented in March.

The parents highlighted their fears in a press conference organised by the Pasir Gudang MCA Public Complaints bureau.

Bureau chief Ang Tun Chek said they had contacted the Public Works Department (JKR) about the matter.

“JKR told us construction works stalled due to a problem involving the water piping system.

“We have been receiving a lot of complaints from parents as well as motorists about the problem here, that it is dangerous and causing inconvenience. “We hope action is taken before any untoward incident happens, ” he said, adding that JKR should make full use of the school closure due to Covid-19 pandemic to complete the work.

In a statement, Johor JKR said the road widening project was expected to be completed by December 2021.

“The work started in July 2018 and was initially expected to be completed by January last year.

“However, it was delayed due to changes in utilities design, including the truss bridge, type of pipes and accessories, ” the statement said.

Currently, completion of work stands at 48%.

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