MELAKA,. TRAFFIC congestion in Melaka, especially during weekends and public holidays, will be solved soon by traffic-dispersal projects.
The projects, carried out in Ayer Keroh and the city centre, are a relief to road users.
The construction of two overpasses with six lanes — at the Melaka International Trade Centre intersection from Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama to the city centre and in Peringgit — will resolve congestion in the areas. Both mega projects cost around RM300 million.
The state government plans to implement more traffic-dispersal projects, including in front of Pan-tai Hospital Ayer Keroh, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, at the Bukit Baru waterfalls intersection and in front of Al Azim Mosque.
The construction of the Limbongan-Klebang Highway, a 6.3km stretch that costs RM9.45 million, will reduce congestion in Melaka city, especially during weekends and public holidays.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the state government was serious in tackling congestion as it was related to the people’s quality of life.
“We have undertaken many efforts to overcome this issue, however, the effects cannot be seen immediately.
“The Limbongan-Klebang Highway project is carried out by the state government and the private sector under the National Blue Ocean Strategy.
“We are also carrying out land reclamation to expand the Klebang coastline. These projects will not only solve congestion, but also develop the state’s economy and boost tourism.”
He said the Federal Government, through the Public Works Department, had approved a plan to build four overhead bridges from Tesco Melaka Cheng to Pulau Gadong. This will resolve congestion in Lebuh Alor Gajah-Me-laka Tengah-Jasin, which has many traffic lights.
“The planning of the projects was conducted in three phases: short term (three to five years), mid term (15 to 20 years) and long term (35 to 50 years).”
The state government requested the Economic Planning Unit to study the need to build crossroads connecting the North-South Expressway to ease traffic at the three-way entrance of the main toll plaza to Melaka.
It suggested that crossroads be built in Ayer Panas or Bemban in Jasin following development in the area, mainly in the housing sector.
“The projects, which are estimated to cost RM100million, will ensure that Jasin will have access to the highway, even though there is a crossroad in Lipat Kajang,” Idris said.
“If we have a new road that connects the highway to Jasin, it will become a catalyst for development in the districts and areas around it.”