Potholes poorly patched up in Jalan PJU 8/1


THE uneven road surface in Jalan PJU 8/1 at Damansara Perdana and the road after the traffic lights at the tunnel connecting Damansara Perdana to the LDP highway are causing inconveniences to road users.

According to Damansara Exclusive Condo resident Joseph Tiong, the potholes are poorly patched, thus causing the road to be uneven.

Tiong noticed the poor road condition since he moved in two years ago.

Dangerous: Bad road conditionin Jalan PJU 8/1, DamansaraPerdana.

“Cones and other objects have been put around the potholes to warn motorists but we still have to avoid it anyhow. The bad road condition causes havoc on the road,” he said.

“One night, I accidentally drove into a pothole as I could not see it due to the rainy weather. Half of my tyre was in the pothole.

“The rims and tyres were damaged,” he said.

Tiong said he was given the run-around when he called the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

“They passed my call from one department to another and did not seem to understand the urgency of the problem,” he said.

Adding to the problem: The road condition is further worsened by the on-going construction work.

“Parking was also a hassle when I went to the MBPJ complex,” Tiong said.

His neighbour, Rodziah Ismail, said while the road condition was not so bad four years ago, the current state was akin to a jalan kampung (village road).

“It may be because of the buses that use the road have engines leaking diesel that dissolved the tar road,” the 54-year-old lecturer said.

“It’s not safe to drive at night as we can’t see where the potholes are. The patching was not done properly. It would be better if they scrapped the road and resurface it,” Rodziah said.

“I feel that the developers should take responsibility as they are still developing the area. Lately they are doing more digging and construction. I feel this area is overdeveloped,” Rodziah said.

When contacted, MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said that the council would repair the potholes as soon as possible.

“To make a complaint, the public can call the MBPJ hotline or ask to be passed to the complaints unit if they call other MBPJ numbers,” she said.

“It will cost a lot to resurface the road but we have scheduled for work to resurface the roads,” Zainun said.

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