THE New Pantai Expressway's Kewajipan Link will likely be operational early next month. This will be the first package in a series of projects involving five interchanges aimed at alleviating traffic jams along the New Pantai Expressway vicinity.
The completion of this stretch will help solve part of the traffic woes of USJ road users who have to contend with jams lasting up to 45 minutes during peak hours at the Kewajipan roundabout.
Executive vice-chairman of the Road Builders Holdings Bhd Tan Sri Chua Hock Chin is hoping for smoother traffic when all stretches that are currently under construction are completed. Road Builder is the parent company of New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd.
For us, connectivity is important, that is why we embarked on this project, said Chua.
He also mentioned the other four projects going on at Jengka Triangle, Tujuan Interchange, a flyover near the PJ Old Town Interchange and the Kuchai Lama Link that would all contribute to better traffic flow for motorists.
All these projects are already under way except for the Kuchai Link, which is delayed by land acquisition issues, which New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd general manager Neoh Soon Hiong said was being sorted out by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
This particular project will eventually see seamless travel because it links NPE and the Besraya Highway, which is also a Road Builder project, he said.
The Jengka flyover for KL-bound traffic will open in October and Subang-bound traffic would open in November.
In the case of the Tujuan Interchange, the directional ramp bound for the Federal Highway will open this year, while the whole interchange including the underpass will be fully operational by April 2006.
Chua said the completion of these links was aimed at reducing traffic crawls and time spent on the on road by motorists.
We realise this (traffic congestion) is not healthy because of the costs to the consumers and to health.
Fuel costs are going up and on top of that we have this haze, which makes it even more unhealthy to be on the road for long periods, he said.
Work on the five interchanges will cost NPE Sdn Bhd RM140mil.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said he was pleased that the Kewajipan ramp would be operational in less than a month.
He said USJ motorists have had to endure the Kewajipan crawl for a long time and was confident the completion of the project would alleviate traffic woes to a certain extent.
He said he also hoped the two other stretches currently under construction the Tujuan and Jengka interchanges would be completed soon.