THE RM39.7mil Kempas Inter-change road upgrading project is expected to solve road users’ traffic congestion woes once completed next year.
Johor public works, transportation and infrastructure committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said the project was on track for completion by Sept 14, 2022.
Overseen by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), work started on July 1, 2019 and was initially scheduled to be complete on Sept 15 this year.
“But it was delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control orders, in addition to the difficulties obtaining permits for water pipe relocation work in the area.
“The project is currently 57% complete, which is 2% ahead of the new schedule.
“Once ready, the interchange will shorten travel time from Kempas to Johor Baru city centre from the present 56 minutes to 40 minutes.
“The project will replace the existing traffic lights with four loops and ramps to ensure smooth and continuous traffic flow,” Solihan elaborated.
He urged road users to be careful when passing the site, or any other construction site, because of the presence of temporary road barriers and rough road surfaces.
Solihan reminded contractors to fill the plastic road barriers with water or sand to weigh them down and increase lighting in the area to prevent accidents.
“Earlier this month, a viral video on social media showed a motorcyclist in a near miss after riding into a plastic road barrier along Jalan Kempas Lama-Seelong, where work on the Kempas Interchange is being carried out.
The motorcyclist was almost hit by a lorry behind him.
“While there have been no fatal accidents reported during the project so far, the safety of road users should not be taken for granted,” he stressed.
Solihan said he had met Irda vice-president and project head Kamisan Turiman over the matter.