South-bound motorists have an alternative to travel on the Kajang-Seremban Highway, (Lekas) which is now open.
Part of the highway was first opened in February 2004.
Stretching from Kajang Selatan to Paroi, the highway is 44.3km long and cost RM1.8bil to build.
Users exiting at the last toll plaza at Ampangan will not be charged until Sept 20.
The other plazas — Kajang Selatan, Semenyih, Tajam, Mantin and Setul — will charge the usual toll fees.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, who launched the highway in Ampangan, Negri Sembilan, on Monday, said about 58,000 vehicles used the KL-Seremban PLUS highway every day.
The minister added that the number was expected to increase during the Hari Raya festive season.
“Now, travellers get an alternative so that there is less congestion on both the highways,” said Shaziman.
He also urged the Malaysian Highway Authority to work with concessionaires to develop more variable message signs at strategic locations. “This is to notify motorists on traffic flow ahead of making a turn into the highway,” the minister said.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar and IJM Group Berhad CEO Datuk Krishnan Tan.