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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

(The Star) New road dividers meant to improve traffic cause confusion

New road dividers are being built at Jalan Bandar 3, 14 and 16 in Pusat Bandar Puchong to improve traffic flow in the business centre.

Both dividers at Jalan Bandar 3 and the main road parallel to Jalan Bandar 14 will change the one-way routes into two-way routes.

With the construction of the divider on the main road parallel to Jalan Bandar 16, motorists can no longer access Jalan Bandar 14. They will now have to drive to the Jalan Bandar 3 junction and make a U-turn at the traffic light there.

Unfortunately, there is a “No U-turn” signboard at the traffic light, causing many motorists to make an illegal U-turn to access Jalan Bandar 16.

Puchong MCA Kinrara service centre assistant chief Lawrence Chiew said the new dividers were causing confusion among motorists.

“There has to be proper signage or at least yellow tape at the construction sites of the new dividers.

“Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) said the road dividers were placed there for the safety of road users but these dividers, which are still under construction, have made the roads too narrow and are causing traffic congestion,” he said.

Stall owner Goh Hua, 78, said she accidentally drove into the holes that were dug up for the new dividers because she could not avoid them in time.

“There were no cones or signage to show the holes were dug for the divider.

“My tyre got stuck in the hole and because it was so deep, it damaged my exhaust pipe. My car has been in the workshop for 10 days now,” she said.

Puchong Gerakan division chief Jimmy Chew Jyh Gang claimed that MPSJ did not carry out sufficient public engagement before installing the road dividers.

“Years ago, the main road parallel to Jalan Bandar 16 had a roundabout but it was removed and a new ‘island’ was built at the junction.

“The island and the new divider have now made the road too narrow for buses and lorries, adding to the congestion.

“MPSJ should have done a public hearing with the shopowners here first before starting work on the dividers.

“These new dividers are unnecessary improvement works by MPSJ and because it is so difficult to enter the business centre, shops here will lose customers,” he said.

Prior to building the dividers, MPSJ councillor Ng Sze Han said the council had received many complaints on the poor traffic flow and errant road users in the area.

“We consulted Puchong residents who frequent these roads and they said many motorists made illegal U-turns in Jalan Bandar 3 to enter the LDP highway.

“They also complained that many accidents occurred in Jalan Bandar 16 and motorists would double-park along the roadside to get to Tesco and other shops in the commercial centre.

“This is why we created the road dividers. They will be ready by the end of this month,” he said.