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new multi level roadway should alleviate the parking lot known as jalan tun razak

New multi-level roadway should alleviate the parking lot known as Jalan Tun Razak

TRX External Roads is an elevated roadway that should ease south-bound congestion

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Dinesh Appavu

22 Apr 2019

Many motorists that have to drive into the Kuala Lumpur city centre during peak rush hour have likened the feeling to urinating shards of glass. While the trains do help quite a bit, many of us are still heavily reliant on cars.

Being the main arterial road linking one of Kuala Lumpur‘s busiest districts to suburbs to the north and south of the city, Jalan Tun Razak resembles a parking lot during rush hour and things are expected to worsen with the completion of the TRX City development.

The World Bank conducted a study in 2015 which revealed that Greater Kuala Lumpur residents collectively spend 250 million hours stuck in traffic in a year. No arguments there.

To counter the traffic conditions, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) has taken the initiative to implement the TRX External Roads in a bid to ease the current traffic conditions along Jalan Tun Razak while also facilitating effective traffic dispersal from the future TRX City and incoming traffic from Bukit Bintang and Kampung Pandan.

Frequent commuters will soon enjoy improved road traffic conditions as the new Tun Razak External Roads will be erected by the first quarter of 2020. The 2.5km elevated roadway is currently close to 50 per cent completed. Once the project is completed, it’s predicted to accommodate up to 48,000 vehicles daily during peak hours, according to the Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA).

The first approach single-lane ramp starts near Jalan Langgak Golf picking up traffic heading towards Bulatan Kampung Pandan and merges with the Jalan Bukit Bintang two-lane ramp that starts near Jalan Delima before the Jalan Tun Razak-Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection to become a three-lane carriageway section forming the mainline of the external road.

Another ingress ramp connects to the multi-level roadway from TRX City. The ramps will then connect motorists to Bulatan Kampung Pandan, Maju Expressway (MEX) and Setiawangsa Pantai Expressway (SPE) north-bound and south-bound via separate ramps. An additional two ramps are underway to connect the Jalan Kampung Pandan overpass and MEX towards the south entrance of TRX City.

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