MOTORISTS who commute regularly along Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah in Klang have to endure nerve-racking drives as they attempt to evade crater-like potholes on the badly damaged asphalt road.
This perilous 230m stretch is after the turn-off from Lorong Sungai Puloh, up until the junction outside Jalan Wawasan 3/Ku7.
For almost 10 months now, road users have to proceed with extreme caution over this stretch as they negotiate the multiple potholes, which can measure from 3.2m to 4.1m in width.
Such hazards scrape the front bumper of vehicles, as car wheels dip into the ever-widening holes.
Motorcyclists have been exposed to serious danger, with some falling off their machines.
The affected motorists and residents said complaints to Klang Municipal Council (MPK) had fallen on deaf ears.
Osman Jalil, 58, drives his 15-year-old vehicle on Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah daily to work at a light industrial plant.
Driving on the affected stretch has taken a chunk out of his wallet in repairs for damaged rims and the steering.
“I dread going on that stretch of the road.
“I see many motorists trying to avoid the potholes and driving at an extremely slow pace to avoid damaging their cars, but this itself causes the risk of an accident with vehicles behind them,” he said.
Osman, a father of five, added that he had seen motorcyclists flung off their machines after hitting a pothole, with some having to be admitted to hospital.
Another motorist, Mok Soon Chet said the badly damaged part of Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah must be fixed urgently.
“It is perilous as cars run into the crater-like potholes that at times are not obvious because they are filled with rainwater.
“Some cars have had their side skirting or bumpers fall off after going through the potholes.
“Other cars’ alignment and suspensions are affected. Those also negatively impact on their tyres’ wear and tear,” he said.
Mok said road users were deeply disappointed with MPK for dragging its feet in addressing the pothole problem.
“It is an important and busy stretch because there are numerous businesses in the area.
“People want to get to their workplace safely,” he added.
Accountant Kamariah Daud urged MPK to solve the problem soon.
“Our workers are frustrated over this menace,” she said, noting that whatever method the council used in repairing the road before was ineffective.
“MPK needs to reconstruct the road with high quality materials to withstand the weight of hundreds of heavy vehicles that use Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah daily,” she said.
Kamariah added that the large potholes along Jalan Wawasan 3/Ku7 must also be addressed.
On another issue, Human Resources manager Haslinah Mahmud wants MPK’s Environmental Services Department to desilt the 1.5m-wide drains at Jalan Wawasan 3/Ku7 and along the stretch of Jalan Sungai Kapar Indah that are choked with mud, litter and grass.
“We also want MPK to clean up the illegal dumpsite across Jalan Wawasan 3/Ku7,” she said.