Risky stretch on Jalan Sungai Long needs urgent repair


By CY LEE

This site along Jalan Sungai Long is said to be an accident-prone area.

A PARTICULAR stretch of road along Jalan Sungai Long in Kajang, Selangor, has motorists worried as at least four accidents have taken place there over one weekend.

The 300m portion of road, which runs below SILK highway, is used by those heading towards and exiting from Cheras-Kajang Highway.

Residents living in an apartment overlooking that part of the road said several accidents had occurred there in the past two months.

An incident on Tuesday was caught by a vehicle’s dash camera, showing a pick-up truck losing control at the underpass just as it started to head downhill.

When contacted, Kajang Municipal (MPKj) councillor Lim Keng Eng said she had alerted the local council on the rise of accidents in that location and urged those who had been involved in accidents there to report the incident to MPKj.

Taman Taming Indah Residents Association vice-president Wong Yap Seng said there had been many posts in a residents’ chat group about accidents happening at the site in the past two months that they believed were linked to oil slicks.

“The road surface doesn’t look uneven. But when it rains, it is definitely slippery,” said Wong.

Another Sungai Long resident, Roger Samuel said he spotted MPKj officers at the site of the accident on Tuesday.

“I hope they will act quickly and get the road resurfaced properly as it may get worse with the rainy spell now,” he said, noting that accidents were not uncommon along the road. He moved to the township 10 years ago.

“That is an accident-prone area and residents here usually know to slow down on this stretch,” said Samuel.

“The roads have black patches which look very slippery when wet and do not seem to wash off even after it rains.

“I suspect that the high volume of traffic and heavy vehicles as well as high heat have caused the asphalt to degrade over time.

“What makes it more dangerous is the uneven surface which can throw off the balance of a vehicle even more during emergencies,” he added.

When contacted, an MPKj spokesperson confirmed that a team had visited the site to inspect the claims of oil on the road.

“The team on site concluded that the accident did not occur because of oil on the road,” said the spokesperson.

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