SHAH ALAM: Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu wants a designated special lane for heavy vehicles such as lorries along the North-South Expressway.
He said he intended to propose this once work to extend the highway to three lanes is completed.
“The third lane is being built from Seremban to Ayer Keroh and from Rawang to Slim River,” he said after the ground-breaking for the Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway at Section 24 here yesterday.
He said heavy vehicles should only use the designated lane which could also be used by other vehicles. The move was to reduce problems like road-hogging caused by heavy vehicles on fast lanes.
Work on the new three-lane Kemuning-Shah Alam Expressway had begun and the RM850 million dual carriageway highway is expected to be completed in August 2009.
It will be a high-speed link connecting the Kesas Highway and the Federal Highway and will reduce traffic congestion between Kota Kemuning and Shah Alam, as it provides an alternative route for road users.
“Since many development projects are taking place in the Shah Alam area, the number of car users will double and we need to manage traffic properly,” he said.
The concessionaire, Projek Lintasan Shah Alam Sdn Bhd (Prolintas), will manage two toll plazas on the highway.
Prolintas chairman Tan Sri Datuk Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman said with Shah Alam’s tremendous development, the highway would provide additional capacity to cater for high traffic volume.
Samy Vellu, at his ministry’s prize-presentation ceremony in conjunction with “Quality Day", later said his ministry will be building three blocks of offices to house all the departments in the ministry.
The RM450 million project, comprising one 40-storey block and three five-storey blocks, will start next year.
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