THE newly opened Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya highway is a definite boon for the southern growth corridor and would bring fledgling towns and cities to light.
Besides offering a smooth drive from the federal administrative capital to the heart of KL within a matter of minutes, the 26km highway that opened in mid-December offers the missing link to crucial areas.
StarMetro team members took a drive on the highway last week, beginning their journey in Putrajaya. Within 20 minutes of hitting the highway, we found ourselves in Kampung Pandan and discovered several interchanges along the way, giving road users better options compared to existing traffic-saturated highways and expressways.
Apart from the Putrajaya Interchange, there were the Kampung Pandan, Salak South, Kuchai Lama and Bukit Jalil interchanges. These offered access to the Golden Triangle, Damansara and Jalan Duta, Old Klang Road and Federal Highway and Sungai Besi, Sri Petaling and Bangi respectively.
The Putrajaya Interchange even integrates with the North South Expressway Central Link (ELITE Highway) and enables road users to reach the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang within 10 minutes.
There are six lanes in some parts, tapering down to four lanes in other areas.
The drive back to Putrajaya also took 20 minutes and was smooth all the way.
Motorist Lee Kuan Leong who resides in Bandar Utama and travels to work in Kota Warisan near Dengkil daily is willing to pay toll because the drive is now considerably shorter.
“It’s a breeze. I have halved my travelling time and can get to Kota Warisan from Bandar Utama within 35 minutes.
“From Bandar Utama, I get on to the Sprint Highway and use the Kerinchi Link to access the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban highway. From there, I get into Kuchai Lama to access Putrajaya and use the Dengkil Bypass to reach Kota Warisan,” he said.
Lee added that with the KL-Putrajaya highway open to traffic, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and the surrounding areas would appear nearer to KL and Petaling Jaya.
“It also bodes well for the growth of new townships,” he 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.
Motorist Abu Bakar Ahmad who lives in Kota Warisan and travels to the Golden Triangle regularly for meetings used to be stuck in horrendous traffic jams along Sg Besi.
“Since using the KL-Putrajaya highway, I have been reaching my destinations within record time. The distance between Kota Warisan and Kg Pandan is 42km and my travelling time is now 31 minutes.
He also suggested that motorists avoid weekend traffic jams along the KL-Seremban Highway by planning routes via the KL-Putrajaya highway.
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