MOTORISTS want Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to take action to address the long-standing problem of flooding at the Jalan Universiti flyover whenever it rains heavily.
Flooding occurs every time there is a downpour, resulting in major traffic congestion as vehicles are unable to pass safely.
It also poses a safety hazard as vehicles will be trapped in floodwaters here.
During a downpour on April 13, motorist Chick Swee Hong, 59, witnessed two cars that stalled in floodwaters on the flyover.
This worsened traffic congestion along Jalan Universiti during the evening rush hour.
“The left side of the flyover was flooded, forcing cars to move to the right side, which had less water.
“However, two cars broke down and the owners, who looked very distressed, could not move their vehicles out of the way.
“This forced other motorists to drive through the flooded side of the road. I could only hope that my car would not be trapped in the floodwater.
“We did not have much choice because of the heavy rain and if we did not move, traffic would have come to a standstill, ” he said, adding that the issue had been highlighted repeatedly by the media.
“This problem has been going on for several years and there seems to be no concrete solution to the matter.
“This flyover is located near two hospitals and ambulances may be trapped in traffic.
“The authorities must not take this matter lightly, ” said Chick, who was caught in the congestion for over 30 minutes.
He added that widening the flyover could help address the issue.
MBPJ councillor Thayalan Krishnasamy, when contacted, said he had been urging the city council to address the matter for several years.
He said the council had agreed to call for a tender, so repair works could start by June.
As for the cause of the flooding, Thayalan said the road premix on the flyover had a recess before the drainage manhole, which was confirmed based on a survey by MBPJ.
“The council intends to resurface the road to eliminate the recess and allow excess water to enter the existing manhole.
“I understand there is an urgent need to repair the road as it can be dangerous for vehicles that are trapped in the flood.
“In the worst-case scenario, the vehicles trapped at the flyover could slip off the road when there was heavy water ponding.
“I will continue to keep a close watch on this matter, ” he said.
The flyover was built to ease traffic during rush hour and opened in 2007.