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MRT Corp to organise traffic diversions in Cheras to ease co

Postby admin » Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:57 am

MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd has suggested several alternative routes through the housing estates in Cheras to lighten the traffic load along Jalan Cheras and the Cheras-Kajang Highway.

In response to StarMetro’s story on congestion in Cheras compounded by the construction of the MRT, company deputy construction director Adil Putra Ahmad said more VMS (variable message signboards) and signage would be put up to direct some traffic away from the gridlocked roads.

In addition to regular announcements in the media to inform Cheras residents of traffic diversions that are carried out in stages, the company will distribute leaflets at the area’s toll plazas and petrol stations to show the overall traffic management plan.

Apart from the alternative routes (refer to the map below) through housing estates, MRT also advised motorists from KL to use the Sungai Besi Highway instead of the Jalan Cheras or East-West Link to go to Kajang.

“We apologise to motorists in Cheras for having to put up with bad traffic jams now compounded by the MRT construction and we are grateful that they have been understanding, especially about the noise at night near stretches where works are done 24 hours,” he said.

He highlighted that the rush hours were avoided and efforts had been made to maintain the number of traffic lanes by reducing the lane width as per relevant authorities’ guidelines.

In areas where it is unavoidable given the limited space to construct in a tight urban setting, temporary lane closures are implemented at night.

Traffic police facilitate major traffic diversions, especially at night.

Motorists are also urged to plan their journey to avoid using the roads involved in night closures carried out from 11pm.

“We used to start the night closures at 10pm but now, at 11pm for traffic to ease and we have to stop work latest by 5.30am to make way for the contra-flow conducted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

“We have only a narrow window to work on.

“Also, some sites are not levelled so we need more space to keep the machinery stable,” he added.

There are eight stations along a 10.5km stretch from Jalan Cheras to Cheras-Kajang Highway (Grand Saga) , namely Maluri, Taman Pertama, Taman Midah, Taman Mutiara, Taman Connaught, Taman Suntex, Taman Sri Raya and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn stations.

The first four stations are located along Jalan Cheras.

Adil added that more machines were being utilised at the construction sites to expedite work and extra steps were taken to improve the traffic condition such as increasing the number of lanes whenever a temporary night contra-flow was implemented.

“Having more than one traffic lane at the contra-flow stretch and at the point of the traffic diversion helps to ease the flow of traffic, especially at locations where cars from the mainstream traffic join the contra-flow stretch,” he added.

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