KUCHING, Aug 29: Traffic police officers will help control and manage traffic flow during peak hours along Jalan Tun Razak-Jalan Foochow intersection, which is currently undergoing upgrading and repairs until November.
Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth secretary-general Milton Foo said the police have agreed to provide assistance following a dialogue to discuss about the severe congestion at the affected roads with the Kuching Police Traffic chief DSP Heffyear William Ayet, here, today.
Penghulu Datuk Alex Pui Chow Hin, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) councillors Goh Tze Hui and Patrick Song, as well as representative of the project contractor, Sim Cheng Tak, were also present.
Foo had informed the police about the numerous complaints from the public regarding the traffic jam along the routes due to ongoing road repair works undertaken by the Public Works Department (JKR).
“Road users have to face bad peak-hour traffic congestion, from 6am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm on weekdays at the spot.
“So we went to seek assistance from all relevant authorities to find ways to ease and mitigate the situation during the construction period, which will last until November,” he said in a media release.
“Today we approach the traffic police for help by sending officers to the spot to help in directing traffic flow during peak hours,” he added.
Despite the lack of manpower, Foo expressed appreciation to the police for acceding to their request to send officers to manage the bad traffic during peak hours until the completion of repair works.
Even though it was a federal road, Goh added that MBKS, as the local council, will render all necessary support and assistance to the authorities including the police to help ease and mitigate the congestion.
According to JKR Sarawak, the federal funded project was at stage one at current, involving milling and resurfacing in various locations including concrete pavement with physical progress of 30 per cent.
Significant works will be carried out day and night within the working zone in order to complete the project on time.
JKR has advised all road users to be cautious when travelling along Jalan Tun Razak during the construction period and adhere to traffic warning signs on site.
Road users are also encouraged to use alternative route that is more convenient during the construction period. — DayakDaily