RESIDENTS of USJ3ABCD in Subang Jaya are adamant that they will continue trying to stop the opening of the Batu Tiga flyover connecting USJ Heights to their neighbourhood unless all the conditions set by the previous Selangor government are met.
One of the most important conditions is the construction of a slip road from Persiaran Tujuan in USJ to the Kesas Highway.
According to the residents, such a slip road is needed to divert traffic out of Persiaran Tujuan, which is expected to be more congested once the flyover is opened.
They expected such a situation because motorists from Shah Alam will certainly use the flyover to avoid the Batu Tiga toll when driving to Subang Jaya, which will then cause congestion along Persiaran Tujuan and Jalan Tujuan or Persiaran Kewajipan and Jalan Kewajipan.
According USJ3ABCD neighbourhood watch chairman Jason Lee, the flyover has been a subject of controversy since 2005, when the residents staged numerous protests.
“This is because once the flyover is opened, the whole of Subang Jaya, and not just USJ3ABCD, will be affected,” he said.
Lee said this at a press briefing at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) complex organized recently by Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh.
The USJ3ABCD residents have been protesting against the construction of the flyover from the time when it was first proposed, as they believe that it would cause a bigger traffic havoc at Persiaran Setia which is already inundated with daily traffic chaos.
Before the press briefing, the residents had met Yeoh and the management executives of the development company to try and resolve the problem.
Yeoh confirmed that the demand for the slip road was one of the conditions that had been been set by the previous state executive council at the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) meeting.
According to Yeoh, besides the slip road, four other conditions had also been imposed.
The first is that the developer is required to upgrade dangerous junctions and also Persiaran Setia by constructing a lay-by and installing traffic lights.
Yeoh said since the residents had given their feedback, the developer would have to amend its layout plan for the review and endorsement of the residents.
The second condition is that a pedestrian bridge for schoolchildren be built in front of the SMK USJ12, in view of the increased traffic at Persiaran Setia with additional vehicles using the road after the flyover is open.
This condition is being met as works for the pedestrian bridge had started and were supposed to have been completed last month, but there has been a delay and the new deadline is March.
The third condition – the building of two sound barriers – is also being met as one is being built at USJ 3A.
According to Yeoh, work on the USJ 3A sound barrier is 50% done and she is pushing for it to be completed soon.
The 3C residents, meanwhile, have requested for trees to be planted in place of a sound barrier, which the developer has been asked to complete before the Chinese New Year at the end of this month.
The fourth condition is the building of a gantry on both ends of the flyover for light vehicles.
Meanwhile, USJ 3C pro tem chairman Yee Siew Meng said the cracks in four houses in USJ 3C had yet to be repaired.
“One of the gardens has caved in by three inches and the residents are feeling unsafe seeing the cracks on their beams,” Yee said.
According to Yeoh, the cracks had surfaced due to the piling work of the flyover and the developer had promised to do the repairs at a meeting in September last year.
On the slip road, Yeoh said the developer had written an appeal letter to the MPSJ but the council was awaiting a letter from the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) before referring it to the state executive council via MTES.
Several public hearings had been held in the past pertaining to the flyover controversy, but the previous state government decided that the project would go on.