Signs of progress along Pasir Gudang highway
Federal Route 17 or the Pasir Gudang highway will receive a new look as Phase 2 road works that stretches from Plentong interchange to Bandar Seri Alam flyover is progressing smoothly and will be completed by next year.
Phase 1 construction and lane expansion which spreads from Taman Perling to the Plentong interchange was completed earlier this year, and seen to be putting smiles on the faces of most road users who commute on a daily basis as traffic has significantly improved.
“For the second phase of the construction, the new contractor for the project is doing a pretty fast job and it is progressing well. The completion should be on track which will be next year,” said MP for Pasir Gudang, YB Hajah Normala Abdul Samad.
The road upgrading project is a continuation to the previous lane expansion from a four-lane to a six-lane carriageway and better road structure.
“If we compare the current road development with Phase 1, the hiccups are lesser which now only involves one big bridge at Plentong compared to moving and embankment of pipeline works, soil liquefaction discharge and several bridges along the stretch of Taman Perling to Plentong,” she added when interviewed during the recent ‘Tautan Kasih Menjelang Aidilfitri’ event.
Some road users complained about the main bridge in Plentong which is described to be scary and dangerous for motorists at night, due to the slopes and the lack of proper guardrails. Moreover, the concrete divider blocks that are positioned by the roadside can be a hazard as well.
She stressed that she is solving the issue and there has been a slight improvement as the passage slopes have been repaired for the safety of road users.
The Iskandarian team also probed about future plans for the Federal Route 35 or known as Johor Bahru East Coast Highway, an alternative route from Pasir Gudang to Johor Bahru where she replied, “For now, no new plans to reveal, but the highway received several road repairs for its structure maintenance”.
“The spaces available along the expressway are limited and if to execute lane expansion, it will involve another big project that solely focuses on the Permas Jaya bridge,” she said.
This article was contributed by The Iskandarian – Iskandar Malaysia’s Official Community Newspaper.