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Deputy Public Works Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (third from left) at the site of the new bailey bridge at Jalan Semenyih-Sungai Lalang in Hulu Langat on May 17, 2024. The structure was erected within 36 hours after the original bridge collapsed on May 13 due to floods. — Picture by BERNAMA

Jalan Semenyih-Sg Lalang bailey bridge completed in 36 hours

HULU LANGAT, May 17 — The installation of the Bailey bridge at Jalan Semenyih-Sungai Lalang following the bridge collapse due to Monday’s (May 13) floods was completed by the Public Works Department (JKR) within 36 hours, said Deputy Public Works Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

The bridge, which can accommodate loads of up to 40 tonnes, will benefit Hulu Langat’s residents, especially when used by around 200 vehicles daily.

“We will install solar-powered street lamps so that the road is clearly lit and also paint road lines for safety. We previously created a temporary detour after the collapse for light vehicles, but we have closed it as the bridge is completed,” he said.

Ahmad was speaking to the press after visiting the completed bridge today, adding that the route was through a private property whose owner had been kind enough to provide permission and access for motorists to use as a temporary measure.

The Mabey-type Bailey Bridge, measuring 18.28m long and 7.3m wide and costing RM2 million, involved 19 personnel from the Petaling and Hulu Langat JKR, with work beginning at 9pm on Wednesday (May 15). It was completed today and opened to motorists from 3pm onwards.

The speed at which the bridge was set up was the best recorded by the ministry so far, and the deputy minister thanked and congratulated the JKR personnel involved.

Ahmad said the Selangor JKR will apply to the state government to construct a new bridge for an estimated RM2 million, which will take two years to complete.

“The road is a state road, so the allocation to build the bridge must come from the state JKR. Obviously, we will discuss it with the state government, the JKR, and with state executive councillor for infrastructure and agriculture Izham Hashim,” he said.

— Bernama


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