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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Jan 16: The speed limit along Jalan Stutong near the new Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ) will be reduced to under 60km/h in the hope of reducing the number of car accidents due to skidding along the stretch.
Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng disclosed that this is one of the immediate measures to be implemented after his visit with the Public Works Department (JKR) to that road yesterday (Jan 15).
He said JKR had already come up with an official report on the proposals of temporary and long-term measures to improve the road conditions.
“The first suggestion by JKR is to reassess the skid resistance of the road. At the end of last year, they did the same assessment and the result was at point nine, so it is not really up to par.
“Other proposals include the installation of flexible posts and no U-turn signs on all turning lanes of the road.
“Another one is to reassess the road design at points with sharp turns including the speed limit and ensure that the roads meet the requirements of JKR road technology,” he said during his weekly Facebook live today.
Adding on, Wee stated another proposal on the installation of reflective warning signs with writings such as ‘Awas’ (Beware) and ‘Kawasan Kerap Kemalangan’ (Accident-prone Area) along the stretch of the road so that road users would reduce their speed when approaching that area.
“These are the temporary measures that will be implemented as soon as possible to reduce the number of accidents in the area, especially during this rainy season.
“Give us some time to implement these measures, and at the meantime, don’t drive too fast when approaching this road,” urged Wee. —DayakDaily