Thursday, March 3, 2011

Need to widen LDP stretch to prevent bottleneck

THE bottleneck underneath the flyover at the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) near IOI Mall in Puchong can only be alleviated if the road is widened.
In order to do that, part of the private land next to the road, where Casa Square currently sits on, has to be first acquired by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
During a site visit yesterday with highway concessionaire Litrak and local BN representatives on Tuesday, Puchong parliamentary liaison officer Datuk Loo Yeng Peng said MPSJ should initiate discussion with the landowner.
Currently, the four lanes for traffic coming from Bukit Jalil, Jalan Puchong, IOI Mall and Sunway toll are narrowed down to two lanes, causing traffic congestion during peak hours.
“If the land is provided, an extra lane can be built,” Loo said.
Further down the road, three additional lanes would be added to the current five mainline lanes in front of IOI Mall, as part of the congestion mitigation plan by Litrak.
The concessionaire has also decided to make the contra flow permanent (for motorists to utilise the north-bound lanes to head towards Putrajaya), instead of just implementing it during the evening rush hours from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.
To compensate north-bound motorists, a 490m bridge heading to the Sunway toll will be built.
Litrak engineering department senior manager Francisco Anthony Dass said once everything was completed in early 2013, motorists from the Sunway toll going towards Bandar Puchong Jaya, Old Klang Road, Kesas Highway and Bukit Jalil would be separated from those heading to Putrajaya and other residential areas after Bandar Puchong Jaya.
“They have to decide their destination at the toll gate in order to take the correct lanes,” he said. Loo also urged MPSJ to re-establish the Traffic and Public Transportation Committee to look at traffic management in Puchong.
The committee, which was headed by former Kinrara assemblyman Dr Kow Cheong Wei, was operational from 2005 to 2008.
“We were tasked with liaising with RapidKL, other local councils and government departments, besides planning the traffic system for the future,” Kow explained.
Loo added that the council should also look at building internal links within residential areas so that motorists did not have to rely on LDP to get to places.
Meanwhile, Francisco said the 700m ramp from the Puchong Intan Interchange to Puchong Perdana Interchange was currently 60% completed. “We hope to finish it by end of the year,” he said.

source: TheStar

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