The recent four-car pile-up along Jalan Sungai Buloh on July 17 has prompted residents of Bukit Rahman Putra to propose safety measures to prevent more fatalities in the area.
In a recent meet-the-press session, Parti Gerakan Bukit Rahman Putra branch chairman Lee Hui Seng said that part of the road was considered a “killer stretch” as many accidents had occurred there.
“The July 17 accident is by far the worst that has happened. The road was pitch dark that morning and it caused the loss of two human lives and injuries to another six.
“Besides the road being narrow, there is a lack of streetlights along the stretch from the Sungai Buloh KTM station to The Store shopping complex.
“Then, there are speeding motorists and drivers making illegal U-turns in front of Malaysian Sheet Glass Factory despite the double yellow lines at the central median,” he said.
He proposed that flexible posts be installed along the central median from the train station to the complex. At present, the posts are installed only at certain stretches.
“We also want streetlights to be installed along the same stretch. But over the long term, we hope JKR will upgrade the missing link of Sungai Buloh-Kepong road, also known as the FR54 (or federal road 54).
“It was supposed to have been upgraded some time ago but the project was shelved.
“We hope the upgrading will be included under the 9th Malaysian Plan,” he added.
He added that the FR54 was part of the long B9/FT015 road that stretched from the yet-to-be-opened Sungai Buloh hospital to Subang airport.
Upgrading works are currently being carried out from the KTM junction to the end of Kota Damansara, and are expected to be completed by year-end.
He also proposed that the stretch from the junction in front of the KTM station to the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE) be upgraded to alleviate the congestion.
“For Bukit Rahman Putra residents, it's a 10-minute journey to Guthrie but during peak hours, it can take about half an hour.”
He said the proposed upgrading would allow those who worked in areas like Shah Alam to use the GCE to get to their workplaceand thus reduce traffic congestion along the NKVE, which was the route most were currently using.
Upgrading of roads was needed as Bukit Rahman Putra was a growing township with a lot of working professionals who accessed the routes on a daily basis, he said.
“When accidents happen, there would be a tremendous jam in the township vicinity.”
Bukit Rahman Putra 5 Residents Association chairman V.C. Woo claimed that the roads in the area were unsafe in view of the high traffic volume.
“There is little space for motorcyclists to move about while the cars have to negotiate with the huge vehicles like lorries.
“I hope the authorities can expedite the construction of the interchange at the KTM station.
“The area where the Malaysian Sheet Glass Factory stands is said to be at the boundary of Selayang, which is under MP Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.
“As he is our Transport Minister, I hope he will look into this matter urgently,” Woo said.
Restaurant owner Vincent Wong said the roads in the area posed a danger to drivers, especially during the rainy season.
“At night, the roads are really dark and visibility is poor. It would facilitate easier driving if dividers were put in place,” said Wong, who has been operating in the neighbourhood for the past seven years.
Lee said that the JKR maintenance unit had visited the area recently to carry out a road study.
He also plans to discuss the issue of road safety measures with Paya Jeras assemblyman Mohd Bushro Mat Johor.
Lee also highlighted the frequent floods in front of The Store complex due to blocked drainage. He said the drainage sump could be cleared soon.