KLANG’S main thoroughfare of Jalan Pasar is being given a makeover.
Its new design will reclaim road space from cars in exchange for wider pedestrian walkways, a bicycle trail and shade trees.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Noraini Roslan said one out of the four lanes on the 800m stretch of Jalan Pasar would be transformed, from Jambatan Musaeddin to the bend of the road at Lebuh Tapah (outside Pizza Hut).
“Now, the pedestrian walkway from Jambatan Musaeddin that is along Pasar Jawa and Masjid Bandar Diraja Klang are on average 1.5m wide, but it will now be 6m wide,” she said.
Noraini, who made a site visit to Jalan Pasar, said the widened pedestrian walkway would have tactile paving for the visually impaired.
“This walkway will be an expansion of the 3km Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk.
“We hope the added space will give locals and tourists more to see.”
MPK’s Engineering Department director Zamri Othman said the upgrade would also prepare the area to receive more pedestrians once the new Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) Bandar Klang station was completed.
“With widened pavements, we can make a lot more space for micro-mobility, with new bikeshare amenities.
“We will also upgrade two bus stops along Jalan Pasar.”
He added that for safety, the path would have a 1m fence along the border of Jalan Pasar while soft landscaping like trees would be used to keep pedestrians and cyclists apart.
“We estimate this project will be completed by the end of June 2024,” he said, putting estimated costs at RM5mil.
“We are also rebuilding bus stops on Jalan Pos Baru and the 150m pedestrian walkway roofing,” he said.
“We will also improve the lower deck of Jambatan Kota with a new coat of paint and decorative lights.
“It will link pedestrians from Jalan Tepi Sungai to Jalan Pasar.”
Zamri added that similar upgrades would be carried out in Kapar, Meru and Port Klang towns.
Trader Shah Jahan Jalal Kahan, 44, who sells cendol and rojak at Pasar Jawa, hoped the upgrade would encourage more foot traffic.
Klang Pasar Jawa Traders Association president Mohd Nasir Ghazali, 61, said these improvements would bring more business to the area. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA