Assessing which roads to repair

There are many potholes along Jalan Tengku Badar in Port Klang. — KK SHAM/The Star

Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) civil engineers will determine which road repairs to prioritise in the Pandamaran constituency after an assessment that takes into account safety issues, heavily trafficked areas, request from residents and the list of roads needing urgent maintenance.

MPK’s Engineering Department director Zamri Othman said the assessment would help the council’s Road and Bridges section determine where resurfacing or more basic maintenance was needed in the area.

“Works on damaged roads in the Pandamaran area will be carried out under the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) grant, which is an annual allocation from the Federal Government given to local authorities for road, minor drain repairs and tree pruning, ” he said.

Zamri added that the council had received RM3mil from Marris and would prioritise the road repairs based on safety issues.

“Our department will approve resurfacing or repair works on roads with heavy traffic, ” he said, adding that work was expected to start in June.

He said MPK would also consider requests from residents for other road repairs, depending on the funds available.

“We want to be accountable and transparent where an open tender exercise will be carried out for the repair works, ” he said.

Pandamaran assemblyman Tony Leong said he planned to submit eight road names for MPK to resurface or repair, including doing minor repairs to drainage along certain roads.

“Eight roads that will be suggested to MPK are Jalan Tengku Badar, Jalan Pendamar, Jalan Selasih, Jalan Sekolah, Jalan Polis, Jalan Raja Lumu, Jalan Mata Kuching and Lorong Hilir.

“The RM3mil Marris grant allocated for the Pandamaran area is with the council. It must be used efficiently and effectively to improve the roads, ” he told StarMetro.

MPK’s Road and Bridges section engineer Azman Wahid said ultimately, the decision on which roads would be resurfaced or repaired and how they would be done, was up to the section.

He said the council would assess all eight roads suggested by Leong — with a total length of 6.3km — once it was officially submitted.

“For the 2.6km-long Jalan Raja Lumu, MPK will coordinate with a utility firm due to a pipe replacement project in the area.

“We will not proceed with our road resurfacing as we need to wait until that is finished. We may want the utility firm to resurface the road.

“So, this means Jalan Raja Lumu will only be repaired later, ” Azman said.

Klang MCA Youth chief Datuk BK Tan advised MPK to improve the quality of road construction at Jalan Tengku Badar and Jalan Raja Lumu in Port Klang as there was a high volume of trailers and trucks using these roads.

“Both these roads need to be studied to determine the thickness of materials needed for quality construction to ensure the road is protected from overloading pressure.

“MPK must build the road to cater for the traffic density, ” he added.

Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said MPK must ensure the roads were in good condition for all users.

Roads with high traffic levels must have more durable surface standards compared to roads located on strong sub-grades, where the need for strengthening layers was reduced, he said.

“Jalan Tengku Badar in Port Klang could be on marine soil that is soft in nature and will need an appropriate layer design with additional road materials for the 1km road, ” he added.

Teochew Association Klang and Coastal president Datuk Teh Meng Huat advised MPK to coordinate with utility companies or other agencies to prevent a road from being dug up multiple times after it had been resurfaced.

“MPK must be firm with other agencies not to dig up the road once it has been resurfaced.

“Before the roadworks can be carried out in June, MPK must communicate with all utility companies and set guidelines that no excavation works is allowed for at least three years, ” he added.

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