PORT DICKSON: The Malaysian Highway Authority will review the proposed alignment for the 31.8km Sg Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE) following protests from residents.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor said he had received complaints from many parties on the matter.
"Although we are already in the end stages of finalising the alignment, I want the MHA to look at it again.
"I don't want a situation where a community will be cut off from schools or places of worship," he said.
Shaziman said the construction of the elevated highway should not jeorpardise the "harmony of a neighbourhood".
SUKE will link major highways in the eastern Klang Valley, including the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Besraya, KL-Seremban Highway, Cheras-Kajang Highway, Kesas and MRR2.
Starting at Seri Petaling, the highway will pass through Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras-Kajang, Taman Bukit Permai, Taman Putra, Taman Permai Jaya, Taman Dagang Permai, Taman Kosas, Ampang and Taman Hillview and exit at Ulu Kelang.
The 14 interchanges are at Sri Petaling, Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras-Kajang, Taman Bukit Teratai, Taman Putra, Taman Permai, Taman Dagang, Ampang, Taman Hillview and Ulu Kelang.
Three toll plazas will be built at Pekan Ampang, Alam Damai and between Taman Bukit Permai 2 and Taman Bukit Segar Jaya.
Shaziman was speaking to reporters after visiting the sites for the construction and upgrading of several sections of roads totalling 23.5km along the Port Dickson-Pasir Panjang-Linggi stretch.
He said the RM164mil project, supposed to have been completed in 2007, was delayed due to the higher cost of materials and land acquisition problems.
"The project will now be completed by next February," he said.
It will allow motorists from Seremban to bypass several towns including Port Dickson and Telok Kemang to get to Pasir Panjang.
"The 18.3km stretch from Pasir Panjang to Linggi will also be upgraded due to the higher traffic volume in the area," he said.
On a separate matter, Shaziman said only four of the 178 projects under the Works Ministry in the second rolling plan (2012-13) were categorised as sick.
These, he said, were a new road connecting the federal administrative centre in Kuching, Sarawak (RM126.9mil), Public Works office in Tambunan, Sabah (RM2.3mil), a stretch linking Jalan Bunga Cangkih-East Coast Highway-Sg Lembing, Pahang (RM33mil) and the Federal Building in Klang, Selangor (RM24.6mil).