KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) — The third phase of Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE), which would be the start of a new road ring, the KL City Bypass (KLCB), will further overcome traffic congestion in the capital upon completion, DUKE developer Ekovest Bhd said.
Its managing director, Datuk Seri Lim Keng Cheng said the KL City Bypass would help reduce 30% of the congestion on city roads upon its completion.
He said the KLCB, consisting of Duke phases 1, 2, 3 and the Kerinchi Link would have 10 park-and-ride (PnR) facilities, which had been identified at strategic points along its alignment.
“The PnR sites would help to integrate public and private transport with facilities, including 4,000 to 5,000 parking spaces and integrated walkway to public rail transport system.
“So far, one PnR site is in its construction phase in Segambut, named the Segambut Rest and Services Area (Segar), which is expected to finish by year-end together with the completion of DUKE Phase 2,” he told Bernama.
Lim said the another nine PnR sites identified were open to be built by any future developer or the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
He said the DUKE Phase 3, now known by Setiawangsa-Pantai Expressway (SPE), would start construction in June and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The 32km SPE connects the north and south of Kuala Lumpur, passing through areas including Setapak, Wangsa Maju, Setiawangsa, Ampang, the Tun Razak Exchange, Salak South, Seputeh and Kerinchi.
“Costing RM3.79 billion, the two-lane dual carriageway SPE would be able to shorten travel time by 15 minutes,” he said.
Lim said on the other hand, the RM1.18 billion DUKE Phase 2, comprising two additional links, namely Tun Razak Link (TR link) and Sri Damansara Link (SD Link) would be completed by December and would be open to traffic in January 2017.
The seven km SD Link commences from the Menjalara Interchange at Bandar Menjalara and ends at the Segambut Interchange at Jalan Segambut would only need 12 minutes to travel.
Meanwhile, the nine km TR Link, routing from Jalan Tun Razak near National Heart Institute to the Sentul Pasar Interchange at Jalan Gombak would require 12 minutes travel time.
Meanwhile, Ekovest’s wholly owned subsidiary, Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur (KL) Sdn Bhd said the DUKE Phase 1 linking the eastern side of the capital, which was opened in 2009, managed to reduce congestion in the area to 30%.
Its managing director, Zakaria Shaffie said the Duke Phase 2 (now 72% completed) and Phase 3 would further ease traffic snarl in the city upon their completion.
“We need ten new highways around the capital by 2020 to ease the traffic flow. According to SPAD (Land Public Transport Commission), the most (number of people commuting in the capital) that could be catered by public transport is only 20%,” he told Bernama.
He said hence, new highways were needed as 80 per cent of people entering Kuala Lumpur preferred to drive to work or run errands, instead of using public transport.