PETALING JAYA: Danger along stretches that are being expanded along the North-South Expressway can be averted if drivers observe the speed limits, the highway concessionaire said.
Observe the speed limit and your journey will be safe, said PLUS Expressways corporate communications general manager Khalilah Mohd Talha.
“Unfortunately, some drivers fail to observe the traffic regulations,” she said, responding to public allegations that it was dangerous to drive through the affected stretches, especially at night.
“The speed should be reduced to 60kph when travelling through stretches where road expansion works are taking place,” Khalilah said.
She added that PLUS had taken many safety measures.
They include portable variable message signage, LED speed limit signage, robotic flagmen and digital arrow signs at and before the stretches under construction.
“There are warning signs 2km before the work area and reminders at 20m intervals. This is more than what is required in standard international practice,” said Khalifah.
On the argument that travelling at night through such stretches was dangerous due to the lack of lighting, she said most of the works were carried out during the day.
“However, for works that extend till night or works that require night closure, PLUS would place digital arrows and floodlights at the beginning of the lane closure.”
One other issue raised by the public was the alternating closures of the highway between one lane and two lanes, which they also found tricky to handle.
Khalilah said this was unavoidable because the work was divided into many work zones and teams, with each team tasked to complete the job in their respective zones.
“In some cases, one lane has to be closed to ensure the safety of our workers.
“At night, when there is no work being carried out or whenever traffic is heavy, the lane will be reopened to traffic,” she added.
Current construction works on the highway are being carried out from Seremban to Ayer Keroh (67km) and from Rawang to Slim River (73km).
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