THE new Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA), which is set to open in less than two weeks, boasts a 10-minute direct link between Shah Alam’s city centre to Kota Kemuning.
The 14.7km highway will be a three-lane dual-carriageway linking the Kesas Highway to Federal Highway Route 2.
It will have six interchanges at Kota Kemuning, Jalan Bukit Kemuning, Alam Impian, Bulatan Jubli Perak, Bulatan Selangor and Federal Highway Route 2, and two toll plazas in Alam Impian and Sri Muda.
The LKSA project was carried out by highway concessionaire Projek Lintasan Shah Alam Sdn Bhd (PLSA), a subsidiary of Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas).
Prolintas group chief executive Zainudin A. Kadir said the LKSA (highway number E13), took 33 months to complete, ahead of the expected 36-month construction period.
The highway project cost RM750mil for its construction and land acquisition.
“The project was started with the land acquisition and construction simultaneously and we managed to settle the land acquisition within 12 months.
“A total of 181 lots of land — 167 in Shah Alam and 14 in Klang — were acquired for the highway. Some 159 houses were involved and they were all acquired without any problems.
“It will also be the first highway to open all toll lanes with a 100% electronic toll collection system from day one of operations. Manual toll lanes will be provided for those with Touch ’n Go cards or Smart Tags,” said Zainudin, adding that the toll plazas at Alam Impian and Sri Muda would have 18 and 20 lanes respectively.
Zainudin said those who would immediately benefit from the LKSA were daily commuters travelling between Shah Alam and Kota Kemuning.
“It provides an alternative and faster route to the existing road. It also offers a smoother traffic flow as the only link between the Federal and Kesas highways at Shah Alam.
“Before the highway was constructed, those who wanted to go to the northern side of Shah Alam (the city centre) from the southern side (Kota Kemuning) would have to use Persiaran Tengku Ampuan/ Persiaran Kayangan or Persiaran Budiman.
“Alam Impian is a new township with new and soon-to-be constructed housing projects. Hence, residents there will also benefit with the direct link from the highway,” said Zainudin.
“In fact, the highway is linked to Jalan Kebun in Klang from the Alam Impian Toll Plaza.”
On how the interchanges were determined, he said they were decided based on the existing traffic volume and a study done four years ago.
“According to the study, some 70,000 vehicles ply the two existing routes to Shah Alam daily.
“Our preliminary estimate is that 30% of that traffic volume would be reduced once the highway is in operation.”
Zainudin said 93% of the respondents in a public opinion survey done in 2006 agreed that the highway was needed, and felt it should have been constructed earlier.
Zainudin said the highway featured a mix of flat and elevated design with flyovers.
“The northern section of the highway, which is from the Federal Highway Route 2 Interchange till Uptown Shah Alam, follows the existing road alignment.
“In fact the existing road was upgraded to highway standards and is toll-free.
“The southern section of the highway is new and is where the toll plazas are located.”
The LKSA operates on an open toll system.
Zainudin said the toll rates would be announced by Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, who is scheduled to launch the highway on May 18.
He assured motorists that the toll rates would be one that was acceptable to the public.
In conjunction with the launch and before the opening, the LKSA Carnival will be held on May 15 at the Sri Muda Toll Plaza.
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