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THE traffic lights in Pandan Indah, near the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR 2), will cease operations on Sunday at 6am to make way for the traffic dispersal project.
A representative from the Public Works Department (PWD) said the final phase of the project is almost complete.
He advised motorists from Cheras, who are heading for Pandan Indah or Jalan Cempaka, and those who are from Taman Shamelin Perkasa going to Cheras to make a U-turn near Tesco Ampang.
Motorists from Ampang heading towards Pandan Jaya or Taman Shamelin Perkasa and those who are from Pandan Indah or Jalan Cempaka heading to Ampang should make a U-turn at the elevated U-turn near SK Cheras Indah.
The Selangor exco of Housing Building Management and Squatters Iskandar Abdul Samad said PWD has upgraded the existing U-turn at Kampung Pandan Dalam near Tesco Ampang, while the new elevated U-turn that is just after the Pandan Indah junction will be completed by end of next month.
He said the objective is to ease the bottleneck at the Pandan Indah Interchange.
He said this is because the traffic lights have added to the congestion in the area.
"By removing the traffic lights at the Pandan Indah interchange, it will help traffic to flow freely.
"There are 200,000 motorists who use the MRR 2 daily," said Iskandar after a briefing at the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) recently.
He said motorists from Taman Cempaka, who want to go to Ampang, will not be able to make a right turn to the MRR 2.
Instead, they have to make a left turn and take the elevated U-turn.
He also said those heading to Tesco would have to make a U-turn on the elevated U-turn, which makes their drive to the hypermarket a little bit further.
Iskandar has requested PWD to consider having a U-turn at Taman Bakti so the motorists do not have to drive an extra 2km to the hypermarket.
He has also requested PWD to postpone the shutdown of the traffic lights until after the festive season.
"I have requested PWD not to switch off the traffic lights on the eve of Chinese New Year as this might lead to congestion as traffic builds up during the holidays," he said.
He said the construction project of the U-turn ramp and widening of the 2.8km stretch road that is between Pandan Indah and Pandan Jaya started in Feb 22, 2010 and the total cost of the construction is RM104 million.