THE much anticipated 26km KL-Putrajaya Highway that offers road users a shorter and more direct route to the federal administrative capital Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and the KL International Airport (KLIA) is now open to road users and is easily accessible from the city centre.
If prior to this, travelling from KL to these destinations used to take more than an hour, the highway has shortened the trips to a mere 20 minutes to Putrajaya and Cyberjaya and 30 minutes to KLIA at Sepang.
The highway will be toll-free for a month until Jan 13.
Road users entering the highway from the Kampung Pandan Interchange will find their travelling time cut to more than half compared with travelling on the existing route, which takes twice as long to reach the same destinations.
According to Konsortium Lapangan Terjaya Sdn Bhd senior manager (corporate communications), Tihana Yon, the expansion of the KL-Putrajaya highway to the existing major highways would in turn stimulate further commercial and residential developments in the southern corridor of the Klang Valley.
Yon said road users could access the highway from five interchanges Kampung Pandan, Salak South, Kuchai Lama, Bukit Jalil and the Putrajaya Link.
The Kampung Pandan Interchange provides easy access from areas within the Golden Triangle and the main roads such as Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Taman Maluri, Pandan Jaya and Kampung Pandan.
The Salak South Interchange provides road users a direct link from Damansara, Bangsar, Jalan Duta and Jalan Kuching.
The Kuchai Lama Interchange has two entry ramps, the first ramp channels traffic from Kerinchi, Mid Valley Megamall, Bangsar, Bandar Tun Razak, and Taman Connaught while the second ramp allows traffic from Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuchai Lama and Taman Desa.
The Bukit Jalil Interchange built over the Kesas Highway provides a lifeline as it assists in the easing of congestion in the city centre and the surrounding areas to Sungei Besi, Kajang, the KL-Seremban Highway, Sri Petaling and Bangi.
And from the opposite direction, road users would find the traffic in Klang, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Sunway, Gombak, Ampang and Cheras leading to KL, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and KLIA much breezier.
The Putrajaya Link however integrates with the North South Expressway Central Link (ELITE Highway) and enables road users to reach KLIA within 10 minutes.
The highway is installed with several safety features and the advanced traffic monitoring systems such as emergency telephone, CCTV and electronic messaging which are routed to the highways Control Centre (CC).
This enables CC to assist patrol vehicles in attending to emergencies on the highway, added Yon.
In addition, she said, the KL-Putrajaya Highway provides a link between the MRR1 and MRR2 and other highways such as Besraya, KL-Seremban, NPE and Kesas, thus relieving traffic congestion along these routes