KUALA LUMPUR: Road works along the major highways will be stopped from Oct 20 to Oct 30, so as not to disrupt the traffic flow during the festive balik kampung rush.
This will be among the measures to be taken by PLUS Expressways Bhd to enhance safety during the Deepavali and Hari Raya celebrations.
PLUS is the operator of the North-South Expressway, Elite Highway, Linkedua and the Penang Bridge.
For the comfort of motorists, the R&R areas in Seremban, north bound and south bound, which are being upgraded, will re-open to visitors before the two celebrations, PLUS said yesterday.
Meanwhile, the third lane from Seremban to Senawang was opened to traffic yesterday. The elevated intersection and toll plaza in Pendang, Kedah, will be opened from tomorrow.
The highway operator will add 210 toll counters and 417 more staff members will be stationed at toll plazas. Checks will be stepped up at all 115 SmartTag and 219 Touch ‘n Go lanes to ensure they function.
It will also enable Touch ‘n Go cards to be used at all manual payment lanes.
Besides that, 120 PLUS Ronda reserve squad members will patrol the highways to help stranded motorists, assist in minor repairs, monitor traffic and tow Class 1 vehicles to the nearest toll plazas for free.
PLUS will also have tow-trucks, cranes and forklifts on standby.
Other emergency assistance will be provided by the Fire Department, Red Crescent Society, St John Ambulance and the Civil Defence Department.
PLUS will also conduct air traffic surveillance using helicopters from Oct 20 to 23 and on Oct 28 and 29.
Fifty-one additional staff members from the PLUS HQ Reserve Unit will assist at 16 locations to ensure smooth traffic flow at the toll plazas, R&R stops and lay-bys from Oct 19 to 22 and Oct 28 to 29.
PLUS assistant general manager (corporate communications) Khalilah Mohamed Talha said it expected the balik kampung exodus to begin on Friday.
“PLUS advises the public to avoid rushing with everyone else and to plan trips beforehand,” she said.
Measures that motorists should undertake for safe travel include ensuring their vehicle is in good condition, getting enough rest before the journey and stopping to rest at two-hourly intervals.
The public can also get updates of the traffic situation or other information through the PLUSLine at 1800-88-0000 or from its website www.plus.com.my
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