PLUS Expressways Bhd is spending RM41mil to upgrade facilities along the North South Highway.
The ongoing upgrading exercise is part of RM100mil allocated for upgrading work this year.
PLUS Expressways chief operating officer Tajul Azwa Bani Hashim said the work, which would be completed before Hari Raya Puasa, was aimed at easing congestion at various points on the highway.
Besides the highway proper, Tajul said the upgrading work would also include covered toll plazas, rest and recreation (R&R) areas and lay-bys.
He said 16 areas from Gurun to Senai would be upgraded.
“Maintenance work is also being carried out before and after a tunnel along the Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar stretch.
“It includes the upgrading of the two-lane bridge at Sungai Perak to three lanes,’’ he said.
He added that the number of toilets at the R&Rs were being increased while at other areas more parking bays were being been created.
Tajul said the lanes at several toll plazas would also be increased to reduce congestion, especially during peak hours and festive periods.
“Upgrading work is also being carried out to improve the condition of the lay-bys to offer better facilities,’’ he said during an interview recently.
Tajul urged highway users to be patient while enduring the inconvenience caused by the ongoing work.
He urged motorists to cooperate and avoid the congested areas.
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