PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will be adding more safety features and more signage along the one-way loop (OWL) following concerns raised by the public.
It has been two weeks since the OWL started on Oct 12, but there still seems to be confusion and safety concerns on the road system.
Lack of signage, fast-moving traffic, lack of pedestrian crossings and no proper barriers in place were just some of the complaints.
StarMetro took a drive along the loop and noticed that so far, there were only two pedestrian crossings, one near the Asia Jaya LRT station (Jalan Utara) and the other near Taman Jaya (Jalan Timur).
Although there are now more road signs to properly direct motorists, the lack of proper barriers remain a danger for cars weaving along the route.
When contacted, MBPJ councillor Tang Fuie Koh said the council was actively discussing and trying their best to improve the route.
He said there were daily post-mortem meetings on the OWL, attended by the police, Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv, the traffic consultant appointed by MBPJ, councillors and heads from the Engineering, Public Relations and Enforcement departments.
“From the discussions, it has been decided that there will be five traffic lights for pedestrian crossing to address the safety concerns. Three are already up while two more are in progress,” he said.
A set of traffic lights is installed for the pedestrian crossing between Taman Jaya and Amcorp Mall.
“We have also put in speed tickers (raised yellow strips on the road) to slow cars down slightly,” he said.
He added that MBPJ had implemented similar safety measures at two other areas — along Jalan Yong Shook Lin and in front of the MCIS building and Giant in Jalan Barat.
The remaining two locations where the traffic lights will be installed are near Asia Jaya and Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya.
They are expected to be operational within the next two weeks.
“There are pedestrian crossings being marked out on the road between Asia Jaya LRT station and Armada Petaling Jaya,” said Tang.
He agreed motorists were valid in complaining about the dangers and confusion of the plastic barriers on the road.
“MBPJ is now inviting tender bids from contractors to put in permanent barriers on the road to reduce vehicles weaving in and out of roads.
“The existing plastic barriers will be removed and some of the existing concrete ones will be rebuilt to serve the loop’s purpose,” he said.
In addition, more streetlights will be installed and spotlights will be fitted at the Asia Jaya LRT station and the Amcorp Mall area for pedestrians walking there at night.
“We will also be adding more signboards, so that motorists will know exactly where to go,” he said.
Tang said, all these measures had been budgetted for, in the estimation of the OWL’s RM23.6mil cost even before its implementation.
“MBPJ will continue working closely with the police throughout the three-month trial period, to ensure safety along the OWL.
Rajiv said residents’ complaints about the OWL had reduced over the past fortnight.
“Some people are still confused but I think that it has gotten a little better as people become more familiar with the route,” he said.
However, he urged MBPJ to step up efforts to put in all the safety measures and extra signboards fast.
Apart from this, MBPJ will resurface parts of the roads in the OWL that are in bad condition.
One of them is the portion of road near the Brickfields Asia College (BAC) along Jalan Utara.
Tang said the current rainy season had prevented MBPJ from carrying out the road resurfacing work.