Jalan Yong Shook Lin traffic to be anti-clockwise on November 16

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will revert traffic flow on Jalan Yong Shook Lin to anti-clockwise on Nov 16.

During the recent full board meeting, Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said the council would implement the change as it was in the original plan for the one-way loop (OWL) trial.

“It was postponed because of the chaotic start on Oct 12.

“Now that the traffic in the loop is smoother, the council is prepared to switch the direction as planned,” she said.

Affected resident groups have been informed of the change and the rest of the OWL trial will remain unchanged.

Alinah said the council would also study if Lorong Utara B and Lorong Utara Kecil should be made two-way streets.

At the full board meeting, MBPJ Engineering director Ismail Shafie made a short presentation on the loop.

He said the first research for the loop was done in 1995 and was part of the Petaling Jaya Transportation research.

In 2001, MBPJ and MAG Technical and Development Consultancy Sdn Bhd conducted another study. In 2012, the company updated its previous study.

The mayor had earlier told StarMetro that the council had always wanted to carry out the OWL project. However, MBPJ lacked the funding to do so in the early 2000s.

Over the years, the council had accumulated a substantial amount of funding in the council’s Development Trust Fund through funds contributed by the developers of several projects centred around the loop.

Among the developers were Mammoth Empire Property Sdn Bhd, Quill Stamford 308 Sdn Bhd, TC Automated Sdn Bhd, Puncak Wangi Sdn Bhd, PJ Sentral Development and TC Autoworld Sdn Bhd.

Ismail said MBPJ conducted a workshop attended by resident leaders and several other authorities on Oct 18, 2012.

A display of the loop was made beginning Jan 21, 2013, for two weeks, at the council headquarters before engineering consultant A.Sani and Associates Bhd and project contractor Islah Niaga were appointed.

The one-way loop project costs a total of RM23.7mil, with the first phase coming up to RM2mil and the second phase RM21.7mil.

Both phases would take 23 months to complete.

For more information on OWL, visit www.mbpj.gov.my

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