BUKIT LANJAN: Thousands of motorists caught unaware of DUKE’s sudden road closures, diversions
Road closures and diversions have caused a domino effect in traffic dispersion, turning all roads in and out of Jinjang, Kepong, Damansara and Sungai Buloh into a nightmare for motorists.
Traffic has been reduced to a crawl or bumper-to-bumper and even at a standstill throughout the day since Jan 18, 2017.
The chaotic situation is caused by 24-hour road closures from Jalan Taman Maluri to Sungai Buloh. And the closures will be from Jan 18 to April 30!
DUKE (Duta Ulu Kelang Expressway) had only issued a media statement dated Jan 17, 2017, on the road closures and diversions, giving almost no time for motorists to be prepared or adjust to the traffic diversions.
The closures are to facilitate DUKE’s Phase 2 “Bored Pile” construction works.
“How can DUKE be so irresponsible to the public. Why did it not give motorists more time by informing them earlier of the changes.
“For the past four days, motorists had to endure the traffic crawls throughout the day. I wonder when traffic flow will become smoother,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.
He said even those familiar with the areas had a torrid time figuring out how to reach their destinations when they run into a road closure or diversion.
“For those unfamiliar with the areas around the road closures and diversions, they feel very, very lost in trying to get to their destinations,” he added.
|DUKE-induced traffic crawls ... one of the many feeder roads leading out to Kepong and Sungai Buloh that is jammed up. This chaotic traffic situation is expected to last until at least April 30, 2017.|
Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said parts of Bukit Lanjan “are also affected badly”.
“I have received complaints and requests to raise the problem with the authorities. The residents and motorists are finding it extremely difficult to get out of their housing estates to get to work every morning,” he added.
Syed Razak urged DUKE to put up more and clearer signboards to help motorists to manoeuvre their way to their destinations.
“DUKE should also engage Rela personnel to help in traffic control at all congested junctions if the traffic police are not available,” he added.