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Motorists say tunnel closure will lead to more congestion

Postby admin » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:25 am

Chaos is expected to erupt when the FAS Tunnel is closed from this Friday.

Motorists from Petaling Jaya Utara, especially those travelling from the direction of Ara Damansara, are crying foul over the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) sudden decision to close the tunnel due to worsening traffic congestion in Taman Kelana Idaman.

Ara Damansara resident Y.K. Lee said residents and motorists were disappointed that the council had taken the move without consulting the locals.

“Thousands of people will be seriously affected by the unilateral decision.

“Apart from Ara Damansara residents, there are also two blocks of condominiums and many blocks of PPR flats, whose occupants have to travel to Petaling Jaya using that road, too,” he said.

He urged the council to have a dialogue with the relevant residents’ associations before closing the tunnel, adding that residents were never officially informed prior to the closure.

“We anticipate that it will be chaotic on the day they close the tunnel.

“To add salt to the wound, the Megah Mas tunnel will also be closed soon for construction, where do you expect the thousands of motorists to go then?” he asked, adding that the council was taking forever to complete the alternative access along Jalan PJU1A/1.

All Petaling Jaya Residents’ Association (APAC) advisor Liew Wei Beng, who lives in Petaling Jaya Utara, said thousands of motorists used the road to go to SRJK(C) Yuk Chai and Taman Megah from Ara Damansara.

“It will be catastrophic if they close both the tunnels without providing alternative routes.

“By doing so, they will divert all traffic to Jalan SS7/13 near the MBPJ Landscape Department in Kelana Jaya, and will worsen the already bad traffic there,” he said.

On the other hand, residents in Taman Kelana Idaman said the heavy traffic crossing the FAS tunnel had caused them a lot of problems ranging from noise pollution, safety hazard and mental torture.

“Thousands of motorists are using this residential road as a short cut.

“It is not hard for one to imagine how much pain residents here have to put up with on a daily basis, from as early as 6.30am.

“Cars are either zooming past or caught in traffic jam right in front of our houses, posing a danger to residents here.

“Very often, we cannot even leave our houses because the roads are congested,” resident Khairul Badrin said.

Another resident Juliana Benedict said residents here would also be inconvenienced by the tunnel’s closure but this would still be a better option after assessing the overall situation.

“I cannot even take my three-year-old out of the house as it is so dangerous.

“On top of that, we hear cars honking early in the morning and late at night.

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Suggestion to turn FAS tunnel into one-way flow accepted by

Postby admin » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:57 pm

Thousands of motorists were relieved because the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) did not close the FAS tunnel in Petaling Jaya Utara yesterday as planned but instead will turn it into a one-way traffic flow.

The council has accepted the suggestion of Ara Damansara residents of turning the two-way tunnel into a one-way flow to allow only traffic from the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

Traffic from Ara Damansara will now need to use the Megah Mas tunnel to exit into LDP.

The move is to also alleviate the suffering of residents in Taman Kelana Idaman, near the FAS tunnel.

The council was compelled to close the tunnel due to complaints from Taman Kelana Idaman residents who have to face the high volume of traffic right at their doorsteps every day.

It is hoped that turning the tunnel into a one-way flow and directing the traffic around Ara Damansara into one big loop will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders.

There is another reason for motorists to be happy because contractors appointed by the council had completed the major work on the missing link between Ara Damansara and Tropicana.

Work on road kerbs, markings and walkways are expected to complete by next Wednesday.

MBPJ councillor Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin said the council had budgeted RM300,000 for the road but in the end needed to pay less.

“Traffic is so bad for Taman Kelana Idaman residents that they cannot come out from their houses. Heavy vehicles also zoom past daily and have even knocked down the height bars put up several times.

“We can imagine their frustration,” he added. He also advised FAS tunnel users to give way to residents when they need to exit from their houses.

“However, the problems faced by Ara Damansara residents are also real.

“MBPJ took note of their plight and discussed their recommendations with a traffic consultant.

“It was eventually agreed the tunnel be turned into a one-way flow and a set of traffic lights be installed at the cross junction to ease congestion,” he added.

Khairul said MBPJ would also build more road humps and a divider to prevent motorists from using Taman Kelana Idaman as a shortcut.

No date has been fixed for the implementation of the new traffic system.

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