The Petaling district Public Works Department (JKR) has approved the construction of two pedestrian-cum-motorcycle bridges in the Puchong parliamentary constituency.
Puchong MP Lau Yeng Peng said he was happy to learn that the Works Ministry had approved two of the three bridges he had requested for.
I wrote a letter to the ministry on July 15 and am happy with the positive response that came back in less than two months, he said during a visit to Jalan Putra Permai in Equine Park the location of one of the three requested bridges.
With him were Petaling JKR road engineer Ahmad Fahmi Abu Ghafar and other JKR officers.
The first bridge will be built across Jalan Putra Permai which is a main road with a high traffic volume and an alarming accident rate.
The bridge is urgently needed here as there are about 200,000 residents in Putra Permai alone, he added.
Lau said the tender for the first bridge should likely be called in early October and construction work was set to take off one or two months after the calling of the tender.
As for the second bridge, Lau said, it had been approved in principle but its location - whether in Taman Kinrara or Bandar Kinrara had yet to be decided.
Although both places require a bridge, we will wait for JKR to carry out a detailed feasibility study on the traffic volume and frequency of accidents, he said.
He added that JKR would arrange a meeting soon with his office, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), and other related authorities to decide on the best and most strategic location for the second bridge.
According to Lau, each bridge is expected to cost between RM1mil and RM2mil depending on the capacity and material used.
Lau also touched on the many faulty streetlights along Jalan Putra Permai which made the road dangerous for motorists at night.
I hope the streetlights can be repaired because sometimes they function and sometimes they dont, he added.
To ensure the constituency received all the bridges he requested for, Lau said he would look into re-appealing for the approval of the third bridge, which would be for pedestrian use only.