THE Ipoh City Council is asking Jalan Tambun traders to be patient with the ongoing road construction near their premises.
Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the construction was part of a development plan that would benefit stakeholders in the area when completed.
“I have visited the area and contacted Sunway City Ipoh Sdn Bhd for an update on the project.
“One of the roads has been opened for traders and other road users,” he told reporters after opening an esport tournament at Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh, Perak.
“We hope the traders can be patient.
“The project, which started in April last year, is expected to be completed by next month,” he said, adding that the delay was caused by the movement control order (MCO).
“We will also be adding several upgrades to the current alternative road,” he added.
Photos of the road construction blocking motorists from going to the shoplots had been posted on social media last month and a user claimed that this had disrupted business there since February.
It was reported on Jan 13 that the 5.2km stretch of road would be upgraded through a collaboration between the state government, city council and Sunway City Ipoh Sdn Bhd.
Among the upgrades in the RM16.3mil project are replacing five traffic lights, installing LED street lights, road paving and improved drainage to prevent flash floods.
Meanwhile, trader Nabihah Mahayuddin, 28, said the city council needed to provide better street lighting.
“If anyone drives along Jalan Tambun, they will notice how poor the lighting is at night.
“The road closure has affected my business since customers cannot see the road that leads to my restaurant.
“The traders here are not earning much since we sustained losses during the MCO and just when the economy opens up again, this happens to us, ” she lamented.