Thursday, 22 February 2018

(The Star) Upgraded stretch a boon for motorists in Ayer Itam

Traffic jams in the Ayer Itam area is expected to be reduced by 20% as the road upgrading project connecting Jalan Ayer Itam and Jalan Kampung Pisang via Jalan Zoo has been completed.

The project comprised the upgraded 769m stretch from Jalan Zoo off Jalan Ayer Itam which included a newly built bridge to link it with its namesake off Jalan Kampung Pisang.

It also saw the widening of stretches connecting Jalan Kampung Pisang and Jalan Ayer Itam to Jalan Zoo by 235m and 220m respectively, as well as the construction of turning lanes at the roads.

Ayer Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai said the whole project cost RM21.55mil with construction costing RM13.65mil, while cash compensation to six houses, two sheds and a garage as well as land acquisition cost RM7.9mil.

“Work on the project started in Dec 29, 2015 and was completed on Jan 31 this year,” he said during the recent launching at the site.

Wong said the houses that needed to be demolished were located where the new two-lane, 29m bridge over the Ayer Itam river has been built linking Jalan Zoo.

“Jalan Zoo was originally divided into three parts but it was not connected and now two of the roads have been connected.

“This stretch is now a joy for those living in the Ayer Itam, Kampung Pisang, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Paya Terubong and other areas as they can bypass traffic during peak hours,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who launched the newly opened stretch said the connecting road would benefit some 20,000 road users.

“The road will benefit those residing in Ayer Itam as well as other users as connecting Jalan Zoo with its namesake will also help reduce traffic flow along Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Scotland, Jalan Mount Erskine and Paya Terubong among other main roads,” he said.