KLANG: Several sections of Jalan Meru have been closed and routes diverted for five days from yesterday after a temporary structure within the LRT3 work area suddenly collapsed.
The temporary structure was located opposite the TM Point outlet and the Meru wet market.
Among the affected areas were a section of Jalan Meru from the Klang town centre heading towards Meru and the Jalan Kedah junction heading towards Jalan Meru.
North Klang OCPD Asst Comm Nurulhuda Mohd Salleh said the alternative route for those travelling from the Klang town centre was Jalan Sentosa 14 and back into Jalan Meru.
She said Sunway Construction, which is the work-package contractor for the project, had contacted the North Klang traffic police to help control the traffic in the area.
“No casualties or damage to public property has been reported.
“Only damage to some construction equipment has been reported and losses are still being investigated, ” she added.
Sunway Construction said in a statement that the temporary structure near Station 18 gave way during cross-head concreting works at about 5am.
“There were no reports of casualties and damage to properties.
“We have cordoned off the area and our Emergency Response Team is managing traffic along with the traffic police, ’’ said the company.
It also said the incident was being investigated, and apologised for the inconvenience caused.
Lim Quee Ng, who sells poultry at the Meru market, said he was stuck in a traffic jam for about an hour when trying to get to the market yesterday morning.
“Luckily, my workers were already at the market before the incident happened, ’’ he added.
Lim said the diversion he would have to take over the next five days to get to the market was a longer route.
Klang MP Charles Santiago, who alerted the public about the mishap on his Facebook page, said his office contacted the project’s contractor MRCB George Kent, to follow up on the matter.
“The area has been cordoned off, and traffic was controlled by the traffic police and the Emergency Response Team. Normal traffic flow has been restored with a temporary diversion, ” he said.
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