FOUR amber blinking lights have been installed along Jalan Utama at Serdang Raya in Seri Kembangan to warn motorists of a dangerous T-junction.
The lights were put up on Tuesday morning by a contractor hired by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) near the intersection of Jalan Utama and Jalan SR 8/4.
The T-junction busy with motorists from both directions of Jalan Utama trying to get into Jalan SR 8/4.
The project, which costs almost RM8,000, was initiated by the MPSJ even though Jalan Utama is under the jurisdiction of Public Works Department (JKR).
MPSJ councillor Ng Sze Han said the council received many complaints from residents on the danger faced by motorists at the junction.
The residents hoped the safety standard could be improved.
“Since the road is not under MPSJ, we could only put up safety features on the road shoulders.
“Hopefully with the amber blinking lights installed, road users will slow down and be more alert when approaching the junction,” Ng said.
He added that MPSJ had also installed several convex mirrors along Jalan Utama for a better view of oncoming traffic.
Nonetheless, Ng hoped JKR would consider installing traffic lights at the junction.
Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching, who was also present, said Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng had promised that JKR would install a set of traffic lights at the T-junction of Jalan Utama and Jalan SR 6/1, but the project has yet to materialise.
“He said an open tender for the project would be conducted in August. It is now Decemeber and we still have not seen the traffic lights yet.
“Was the project called off or postponed? JKR should provide an explanation,” she said.
Teo also highlighted the traffic congestion along Jalan Besar in Seri Kembangan, where RM800,000 was spent to install six sets of intelligent traffic lights in 2008.
The intelligent traffic lights were supposed to adjust the green time according to traffic situation, and JKR would receive notification should the traffic lights break down.
“JKR officers told us that the whole system, including traffic lights, CCTV cameras and server, would cost RM2mil. We are not sure if the complete system is in place or not.
“We have received complaints from motorists that the lights have malfunctioned in the past and that its green light timing is too brief,” said Teo.
She added that she raised the issue with JKR and received a written promise to investigate the matter and take action, but she has not heard from them since.
Meanwhile, Serdang parliamentary liaison officer Datuk Yap Pian Hon commented in early November that the barricade lining the pedestrian walkway at Serdang Raya 7 and 8 of Jalan Utama had obstructed motorists’ vision.
In response, Ng said MPSJ would look into the issue and would probably remove a few sections of the barricade.
“The barrier was installed as one of the initiatives of the National Key Results Area (NKRA) to reduce crime, and the location was suggested by the police,” he explained.