KUALA LUMPUR: The Works Ministry will spend RM10 million to improve the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) this year.
Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Mansor said yesterday the MRR2, which was built in 2002, had undergone a lot of wear and tear.
He said 200,000 vehicles use the MRR2 each day, a significant increase from the 72,000 vehicles daily when it first opened.
"We also used to have problems pertaining to the maintenance of the MRR2 as this was under two different agencies -- the Works Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall. This led to problems when the public wanted to lodge complaints as they would call up the wrong agency," he said.
Following discussions with City Hall, Shaziman said his ministry had proposed to the cabinet that the entire MRR2 be placed under the ministry. This was approved on Jan 19.
"Most of the allocation will be to ensure that damaged parts of the MRR2 are repaired, such as the road dividers and guardrails.
"There is high vandalism here, but repairs would also have to be done because of wear and tear."
The ministry spent RM10 million last year on improving the MRR2, and this resulted in a drop in complaints by 45 per cent.
A pilot project will also be launched next month, where lighting along the MRR2 and the Federal Highway (between Kuala Lumpur and Subang) would be replaced by light-emitting diodes (LED).
Shaziman said the ministry had already received the go-ahead from the Finance Ministry.
"The switch will be made at no cost to the government, as we will be dipping into our yearly maintenance funds.
"The project will also help offset the cost as LED lighting can save energy by 45 to 55 per cent."
On the toll reduction at the Petaling Jaya Selatan 2 (PJS2) toll plaza along the New Pantai Expressway from RM1.60 to RM1, effective today, Shaziman said the ministry was still in discussion with several highway concessionaires in an effort to reduce toll rates.
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