Road widening will ease traffic jams

Xxxxxxxx: The currently ongoing road widening project at Lorong Batu Lanchang. THE STAR/CHIN CHENG YEANG/10-02-2014

THE bumper-to-bumper crawl during peak school hours in Lorong Batu Lanchang, Penang, will be alleviated in five months’ time.

Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai said a road widening project involving a 750m stretch of the road where Lorong Batu Lanchang meets Jalan Masjid Negeri was scheduled to be completed in mid-July.

“The project, which commenced in Oct 2013, will involve widening the road from 10.8m to 12m.

“Besides the two lanes, an additional 2.5m lay-by will also be constructed for parents to pick up their children without disrupting the entire traffic.

“The lay-by will begin from the vocational school (SM Teknik Batu Lanchang) up to the junction where it meets Jalan Masjid Negeri,” he said on Monday, adding that motorists waiting along the road for their children after school had been causing traffic congestion. The road widening together and the lay-by would be able to reduce congestion.

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