THE traffic congestion along the Sungei Besi Highway needs to be addressed by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) before it worsens, Serdang MP Datuk Yap Pian Hon said.
Yap pointed out three areas of congestion along the road - at the exit to Balakong/ Seri Kembangan, the bus stop near Section 4, Taman Sungai Besi Indah, and just outside the Serdang KTM station.
He said motorists heading to Balakong and Seri Kembangan would often be caught in a snake trail when taking the exit, as it was a one-lane road that would later branch off to two lanes.
“The one-lane exit to Balakong/ Seri Kembangan after the Mines Toll Plaza is the reason for the bottleneck after motorists pay the toll.
“Due to the high volume of cars heading to Balakong and Seri Kembangan, there is often a bumper-to-bumper crawl extending to the highway and this causes traffic to slow down after the toll,” he said.
Yap said motorists heading into Seri Kembangan would often be caught in a crawl, as there were many traffic light junctions after the turn into Seri Kembangan. This crawl would cause a backlog of cars all the way to the highway.
Yap questioned why a two-lane exit road had not been envisioned when the RM92.3mil project to upgrade the three-tier flyover at the junction leading to Seri Kembangan and Balakong was built.
“The objective of building the three-tier flyover was to disburse traffic easily but, at some areas, there is daily congestion in the morning, afternoon and evening.
“The LLM’s objective of ‘selamat, cepat dan selesa’ in my view has not been met here.
“Traffic congestion especially at the Balakong/ Seri Kembangan exit would not have happened if LLM had thought of the volume of cars using the exit to get to Balakong and Seri Kembangan.
“It is not fair for motorists to pay toll and then get caught in traffic congestion,” Yap said.
Yap urged LLM to hold talks with Rapid KL on the traffic congestion at the bus stop opposite the Serdang KTM station and at the station itself.
“There are many buses and taxis queuing up at the bus stop near Section 4, Taman Sungei Besi Indah.
“At peak hours, these vehicles block the entrance to the underpass leading to the Serdang KTM station, causing traffic to build up.
“Motorists who manage to use the underpass heading back towards Kuala Lumpur, Seri Kembangan and Balakong are likely to get stuck in a crawl just outside the station because of buses, taxis and other motorists who end up waiting for passengers to disembark from the train,” Yap said.
Yap said he had written to the LLM in Oct asking for a study on how to overcome and improve the traffic situation.
By ESTHER CHANDRAN
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