BY: NORHAYATI UMOR
PETALING JAYA, FEB 8: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has introduced Lorong Ubah at the two main roads of Jalan Barat and Jalan Timur in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.
Its Mayor, Dato’ Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said, the 3-metre wide lanes were specially built for users to safely change directions from the far left to the far right and vice versa.
“For example, vehicles from Jalan Sultan that intend to exit towards Shah Alam, will enter an alternative lane in the middle of Jalan Barat and crossover into the second lane and continue to the far-left lane before exiting into Federal Highway.
“These alternative lanes are at three locations, two in Jalan Timur near Amcorp Mall before Bulatan Sultan and one more in Jalan Barat,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Azizi said that MBPJ found that some road-users have the habit of speeding beyond the 50km/hr speed-limit and do not comply to road regulations.
He said that could jeopardise the safety of other road users.
Therefore, to ensure the safety of road users, Road Safety Audit Consultant was appointed to examine the current situation in Jalan Sehala.
“The proposal is to close the lane to Persiaran Barat by putting a road divided, to block vehicles from Kuala Lumpur to come into Persiaran Barat through Jalan Timur.
“Vehicles heading towards Persiaran Barat to go to Taman Jaya LRT Station, Amcorp Mall and PJX Building can use an alternative way by driving straight to the Barat flyover in front of PJ Hilton, turn right and go down on to Federal Highway, go up the flyover to the right towards Jalan Timur and turn right into Persiaran Barat,” he said.
He said MBPJ will implement this on trial basis for one month, from February 15 to March 14, 2017, to assess the impact from safety aspect.
Alternative Lanes to reduce traffic congestion
BY: NORHAYATI UMOR