REDUCING traffic congestion in the eastern part of Negri Sembilan in districts such as Kuala Pilah and Bahau which have been experiencing rapid development in recent years has been one of the top priorities of the state administration.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said there was a pressing need to address this as traffic along the Seremban-Kuala Pilah-Bahau-Kuantan route had spiked in recent years with the opening up of new townships as well as commercial areas along the route.
The stretch is popular with motorists going from Seremban to Kuantan as it is toll-free. Another plus point is that they do not have to drive into Kuala Lumpur to get to the east coast.
Mohamad said among measures already taken by the Negri Sembilan government was to build a 6.9km dual carriageway stretch from Jalan Ampangan-Senawang to Ulu Bendul located along the Seremban-Kuala Pilah stretch.
With the opening of the new route, motorists no longer had to negotiate sharp bends and blind corners along the previous stretch which snaked through Bukit Putus.
“We are currently working on expanding the stretch from Ulu Bendul to Terachi and in phase three, from Terachi to the Kuala Pilah hospital will be widened,” he said.
Mohamad said his administration hoped to complete the projects soon as traffic jams were still bad especially during weekends and holidays.
His administration, he said, has also submitted a proposal to the federal authorities for the construction of a tolled bypass in Kuala Pilah.
“At present motorists have to drive through Kuala Pilah town which is usually congested during weekends and holidays, if they are heading towards Bahau.
“We want a bypass built so that they can completely avoid having to come into town,” he said.
Mohamad said the tolled bypass which would link Melang and Serting would be linked to the Keratong Highway which leads to Kuantan and Segamat.
He said the idea was similar to the Bahau bypass, which opened a few months ago.
Traffic congestion leading into Bahau has been reduced with the opening of the 3.2km dual lane stretch which was built by IOI Properties Group.
“Now, motorists no longer have to use the congested Mahsan stretch near the Bahau train station to get to the east,” he added.
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