THE work on an upgrading road project at the Klang end of the Federal Highway is six months behind schedule and motorists will now have to endure the daily traffic chaos until the middle of 2010.
According to Klang MP Charles Santiago, construction work is now 20% or four months behind schedule.
He said another shocking fact he discovered was that the project was originally planned and projected for the traffic needs in 2002.
“The federal government is now building traffic infrastructure proposed in 2002. So, how is the traffic volume after 2010 going to be accommodated?” he asked.
Charles told reporters this after a meeting with representatives from the Selangor Public Works Department (PWD), the project consultant and contractor in Klang.
He said the project would need an additional allocation of RM11mil to speed up the work.
According to Charles, the state PWD has been told to draw up the financial requirement and submit the budget proposal to the Works Ministry.
Charles said he would meet Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed to discuss the matter.
He said as there was no proper traffic diversion scheme while the construction was going on and the ad-hoc system was making the already massive jams worse.
Charles also said the contractor and authorities had also failed to inform the public on road diversion changes which led to further confusion.
According to Charles, the overhead bridge at Seratus roundabout will be closed for traffic completely beginning next month for reinforced concrete strip work.
He said traffic in and out of the town would be forced to use the already congested roundabout for at least six more weeks.
Charles said he would ask the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to call for a meeting with the traffic police, the PWD and the contractor to come up with a sustainable traffic system for a smoother traffic flow.
Two weeks ago, it was reported that the construction was 10% behind schedule due to technical issues like relocation of cables and water pipes as well as the problem of bursting pipes due to piling work.
Originally, the Klang end of the Federal Highway had to be closed for 18 months for the upgrading work but, with the delay now, the road can only be opened in mid-2010.
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