MALACCA: The Works Ministry will conduct an in-depth study to look at ways to ease existing traffic woes which is expected to worsen following the historic city’s recent inscription as a World Heritage Site (WHS).
Its minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed said the ministry’s Highway Planning Unit will carry out a 12-month feasibility for the proposed Malacca Bypass project that will see major changes being made to traffic flow here.
“This is crucial for Malacca, moreso now that it is a WHS.
“The weekend build-up has become very serious and I was informed that its takes about 90 minutes just to travel from the Ayer Keroh toll to the city,” he told reporters Wednesday after having a briefing with contractors on the ministry’s Variation of Price.
He said the study would later be used as the basis for the proposed bypass project that would be undertaken during the 10th Malaysian Plan in 2010.
“The study must be carried out in detail as it involves upgrading and realignment of roads at several major intersections including acquisition if necessary,” he said, adding that developing an alleviated roads system is a likely option to be considered.
He noted the ministry deemed the task a very challenging one as it involves various social impact issues.
It would be easier to construct a road through a jungle compared to one in a city.
There will be protest and disagreement over realignments of roads including negotiations and a lengthy acquisition process, he said.
However, he added that steps would be taken to minimise the displacement of homes and businesses.
Meanwhile, Mohd Zin said that work has begun for the design of the RM220 Tangkak-Segamat road project.
He added the road would be upgraded to handle up to 40,000 vehicles per day and would become a catalyst for growth for northern Johor once fully completed within the next 48 months.
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