A GRADE-separated interchange to connect Jalan Ampang and Jalan Jelatek to Desa Pandan will begin construction next month.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the construction of the grade-separated interchange at the current T-junction near Great Eastern Mall will connect to the 300m “missing link” for motorists on Jalan Ampang and Jalan Jelatek to get onto Jalan 1/76, Desa Pandan.
“The plots of land where the missing link would be built were acquired for RM90mil.
“We have identified that the traffic light T-junction was one of the main reasons for the heavy congestion along Jalan Ampang during peak hours.
“The main task will be the construction of a 450m four-lane (two-way) half-sunken underpass connecting Jalan Jelatek to Jalan 1/76 and a 300m half overpass on 1/76 to cross over Jalan Ampang Hilir.
“Besides that, 440m of Jalan Jelatek, 500m of Jalan 1/76, 760m of Jalan Ampang and the Jalan Jelatek-Jalan Ampang traffic light junction will also be upgraded to accommodate the new interchange.
“Once completed, motorists from Ampang and Ulu Kelang heading to Petaling Jaya, Sungai Besi, Cheras and Seremban, among others, have the choice to use the new route, instead of heading towards the congested Jalan Tun Razak.
“This project, which is funded by the Federal Government and costs RM165,303,202, will also provide an alternative road to Taman U-Thant, Taman Desa Pandan, Taman Pandan Maju and Taman Maluri.
“The contract has been awarded to Sri Tinggi Sdn Bhd and the consultant is Ranhill Bersekutu Sdn Bhd.
“It is scheduled to start in September and completed in March 2017,” he said during the Jalan Duta to Jalan Mahameru tunnel upgrading project site visit.
Ahmad Phesal explained that a new two-lane tunnel would be built alongside the existing Jalan Duta tunnel, which has reached its maximum capacity during peak hours.
“With the new tunnel, it will double the capacity. In line with the tunnel construction, Jalan Duta and Jalan Mahameru will be widened to accommodate the new tunnel.
“The Jalan Mahameru exit to Jalan Duta will also be widened by 4m over a distance of 420m.
“Work commenced on June 18 and it is expected to be completed by March 19, 2016.
“The project is awarded to Azza Mewah Sdn Bhd, while the consultant is Arup Jurunding Sdn Bhd.
“The project, which costs RM40,672,266, is funded by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL),” said the mayor.
“We are also aware that the Jalan Duta stretch near the tunnel is prone to flash floods.
“DBKL plans to upgrade the drainage and will call for tender by the end of this year, while Gamuda Bhd will upgrade the opposite side of road since it is located close to the MRT construction.
“During the construction for both these projects, the public may experience some inconvenience.
“I hope everyone can understand and be patient, as it is for better infrastructure in the future,” he added.