Friday, February 15, 2013
Link from Teluk Panglima Garang to Pulau Indah to be ready in September
AS ITS name suggests, the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) is a highway that connects cities in the southern part of the Klang Valley. Upon completion, the highway will span 51.7km from Kajang to Westport in Port Klang, providing access to KLIA, Putrajaya, Shah Alam, Cyberjaya, Klang, Banting, Teluk Panglima Garang, and Pulau Indah. At the moment, about 90% of the highway is completed, stretching from Universiti Tenaga Nasional in Kajang to Teluk Panglima Garang.
SKVE Holdings Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Teoh Jui Min said the company was currently constructing the third section of the highway.
“Section 3 covers the rest of the expressway from Teluk Panglima Garang to Pulau Indah. It is now 80% complete and we are targeting to open this section by the third quarter of the year,” he said.
Constructed in 2000 by the Federal Government, the highway was later taken over by SKVE Holdings Sdn Bhd. It recorded a daily traffic of 30,000 vehicles on the tolled section and 100,000 vehicles on the 7.9km non-tolled stretch. “Not many motorists are aware of the location of SKVE, but we are seeing a gradual increase in traffic volume,” Teoh said. He pointed out that SKVE had shortened the travel time for those travelling between Shah Alam and Putrajaya, Banting and KLIA, Banting and Putrajaya, among others. “Motorists can enjoy smooth traffic on our suburban highway, unlike other highways that are heavily congested. “SKVE is also very scenic as it is flanked by plantations, ponds and rivers,” he said. Since SKVE was built, small pockets of development have been planned along the highway. Teoh said restaurants in Banting also saw an increase in business, from 25% on weekdays to 40% on weekends.
SKVE can be accessed from the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), after the Serdang interchange for motorists heading towards Cyberjaya and Putrajaya. The highway is also linked to the Elite Highway at Saujana Putra Interchange, as well as the Kajang Seremban Highway (Lekas) and Kajang Silk Highway in Kajang. In future, SKVE will be connected to the West Coast Expressway (WCE) at Tanjung Dua Belas exit. The construction of this interchange and toll plaza have been deferred pending the opening of WCE. There are now three toll plazas at SKVE, namely Ayer Hitam, Saujana Putra and Teluk Panglima Garang. The toll rates are RM1.90 for Class 1 vehicles from Ayer Hitam to Saujana Putra or RM3.70 from Ayer Hitam to Teluk Panglima Garang.
Teoh said there would be another toll plaza in Pulau Indah in future. As for the exit at Pulau Carey, he said the construction was currently deferred. “We will only build the interchange should there be any development in Pulau Carey in future,” Teoh said. Among the facilities and services provided by SKVE are rest and recreation areas at Tanjung Dua Belas (both east-bound and west-bound) and half-hourly patrols. Its traffic monitoring centre is located at the Ayer Hitam toll plaza.