Backlane to act as bypass to ease congestion

A BACKLANE near Wisma Harapan will be converted to a bypass to cater for a two-way traffic along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur when it reverts to its original two-way street come April 1.

At present, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad is a one-way flow. However, from the Jalan Rozario junction to Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4, it will be a two-way flow.

The backlane will lead to Jalan Thambipillay.

Raja Nong Chik - backlane to ease congestion

Raja Nong Chik - backlane to ease congestion

The dispersal system will be a loop to allow easier traffic circulation along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Jalan Thambipillay and Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

The decision was made by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin to help ease traffic coming from main road (Jalan Tun Sambanthan) when Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad reverts to two-way.

“Although the consultant said it was better to have Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad as a one-way street, we made it two-way at the request of the people there.

“We have even asked Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd if they could re-route the buses but it will be a loss. Based on a survey, residents prefer the buses to move along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad,” he said.

When asked if the authorities would be able to control the main road traffic coming into the two-way area, Raja Nong Chik said it was not feasible to control who comes in.

Brickfields residents were happy with the decision to revert Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad to a two-way street but they had expressed concern that by allowing main road traffic to come into Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad would add to the congestion.

They did not want main road traffic to flow into Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad as traffic is high along the road and people have trouble crossing the road.

“We will only be able to see the result of the two-way system after one to two months. We have also converted the backlane to accommodate the traffic.

“As for the issue on congestion caused by illegal parking, the police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be issuing summonses to drivers who double-parked.

“We are now accommodating double parking as we understand the parking area is not ready. Once the system is ready, the area will be designated as a no parking zone,” he said.

Raja Nong Chik was speaking to reporters after presenting 38 Little India traders with licence offer letters that were part of the phase one Permanent Hawker Centre relocation programme.

He said the phase two was well on its way and only some technical issues needed to be resolved.

“I think everyone needs to look at the big picture of Little India instead on focusing on the micro issues because during construction period, there are bound to be problems.

“We are fine-tuning matters pertaining to hawker, traffic and overhead bridge and these can be discussed,” he said.

Source: The Star

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