Only one lane accessible to traffic on Penang hillside road after landslide

BALIK PULAU: Only one lane is passable to traffic along an 80m-stretch of a hillside road linking Jalan Bayan Lepas to Balik Pulau, near SK Genting, following a landslide here.

Penang Works Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said a traffic mitigation plan had been carried out at the site, and a plastic sheet is covering the eroded slope.

"We are carrying out constant monitoring at the site," he said.

No casualties were reported in the 5.45pm incident Tuesday (Oct 23) following a three-hour downpour in the area starting at 1pm.

Motorists have been advised to use an alternative road from Jalan Bukit Baru to Jalan Tun Sardon.

Zairil said they had also informed the slope engineering branch of the Public Works Department to carry out repairs at the slope as a long-term measure.

Meanwhile, Rapid Penang said its 401 and 401E buses would not be plying the road which is temporarily closed to heavy vehicles.

The route 401/401E will be diverted and ply along Balik Pulau – Relau (via Jalan Tun Sardon) – Penang International Airport – Weld Quay and Weld Quay – Penang International Airport – Relau (via Jalan Tun Sardon) – Balik Pulau.

Meanwhile, route 308 will be diverted to Penang International Airport from Teluk Kumbar and heads towards Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (Sri Bayu) and vice versa.

Commuters can call the Rapid Penang hotline at 04-255 8000 for more details.

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