The Star, 11 Jul 2011 – Work to widen Jalan Tanjung halted until re-alignment completed

The Star, 11 Jul 2011

THE work to widen Jalan Tanjung in Petaling Jaya is now under way, but the construction has hit a snag as it involves major pipe re-alignment work. The road-widening exercise is to turn Jalan Tanjung into a two-way traffic flow, with a two-way access from Jalan PJU 3/22 to Lebuh Bandar Utama (Tropicana to Bandar Utama direction) and a one-lane access from Lebuh Bandar Utama to Jalan PJU 3/22 (Bandar Utama to Tropicana direction).

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said the RM2.18mil road-widening project would be funded by developers who had projects in the area.

"Construction work started on Feb 16 and was scheduled to be completed by Aug 3.

One-way to two-way: Jalan Tanjung will be turned into a two-way traffic flow once the road-widening exercise is completed. It now remains open for one-way traffic from Tropicana to Bandar Utama (right).

“However, the project has been delayed due to major pipe re-alignment work.

"The matter has been referred to the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) because of the huge cost involved for the re-alignment, which is estimated at RM1mil,” Zainun said.

She said the land that had been acquired thus far were those belonging to Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Indah Water Konsortium.
"The land belonging to private developers has yet to be acquired.

"The MBPJ’s Legal Department will look into resolving the legal aspects of this project.

Halted: The construction work started on Feb 16 and was supposed to have been completed next month.

"A MTES meeting scheduled to take place this month will discuss the completion date of the project, the cost of pipe re-alignment and who will carry out the work," Zainun said.

She said Jalan Tanjung was closed for only two hours last weekend for the installation of culverts.

"There are no plans to carry out any road closures during the construction work for now. But if a road closure is necessary, the council will issue at least two weeks’ notice through the media,” she said.

Jalan Tanjung made headlines in 2009 when Bandar Utama City Corporation (BUCC) and residents wanted it closed, while Dijaya Corporation Bhd and Tropicana residents lobbied otherwise.

The Selangor government subsequently announced that it would proceed with the acquisition of the private land in Jalan Tanjung following the Shah Alam High Court’s dismissal of BUCC and Bandar Utama Technology Park’s application for leave for a judicial review.

Jalan Tanjung remains open for one-way traffic from Tropicana to Bandar Utama.