MALACCA: The road systems in Malacca, Negri Sembilan and Johor will be improved over the next two years with an allocation of RM3.2 billion.
Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed said it included a RM220 million upgrading of Jalan Tangkak-Segamat and a RM85 million traffic dispersal system in Seremban known as Seremban Middle Ring Road.
In Malacca, he said, the ministry would embark on a study on a traffic dispersal system to ease traffic congestion from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza to the city centre.
"The influx of tourists into the state, which was recently named as a Unesco World Heritage Site, is causing traffic snarl in the city centre, especially along the routes to tourist destinations such as A'Famosa, Stadhuys, Jonker Walk, Eye on Malaysia and Menara Taming Sari.
"I was made to understand that at times, the congestion lasts for more than an hour. This problem was raised by the state government and we will undertake a study on an effective traffic dispersal system."
Zin said the roads leading into the city centre needed a few flyovers at certain interchanges to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.
"We cannot change things overnight. We need about a year for the study to be completed as the roads in the city are narrow and buildings on both sides of the roads make our work to implement an effective traffic dispersal system an uphill task."
He was speaking after opening a session to explain the compensation for variation of price (VOP) list and building using the industrialised building system at a hotel here yesterday.
Zin said the materials that came under VOP included steel, cement, bitumen, premix, sand, gravel, guardrail, fabric reinforcement, copper, water and sewerage pipes, diesel and petrol.
On the upgrading of Jalan Tangkak-Segamat in Johor, Zin said the project would see the road being upgraded to a dual carriageway on each direction for about 60km
"This project will create a new corridor in the north of Johor and provide better access for people in the centre of Johor to visit coastal areas in the east."
He later visited the site of the Jalan Batu Berendan-Durian Tunggal upgrading project.
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