KUALA LUMPUR: To the relief of motorists from Taman Sri Petaling and Bukit Jalil, City Hall has finally opened the access road to the Kesas Highway,
The road is located after the Awan Besar Barat toll plaza between Taman Sri Petaling and Vista Komanwel condominiums.
The road was built three years ago but it was kept off-limits because it wasn't clear who was responsible for its maintenance -- City Hall or the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).
Motorists were forced to make U-turns at Jalan Awan Kecil which is always congested or Bukit Jalil Stadium which is about 2km away.
"Residents were angry and protested against the road barrier, but it is settled now," said City Hall urban transport department deputy director Abd Hamid Surip.
At one point, frustrated residents had turned to the MCA Federal Territory 1Malaysia task force for help. The task force's team leader Banie Chin Yen Foo said he had received requests for help from the residents of Taman Sri Petaling, Vista Komanwel and neighbouring areas in May.
"After we handed the request to City Hall, they met MHA and came up with a solution," Chin said.
They had agreed that City Hall would be responsible for the road's maintenance while MHA would look after traffic matters, including the traffic lights.
A yellow dotted line was painted on the road and another was painted 200 metres away in the direction of Kuala Lumpur, to demarcate the portion of the road under City Hall's care.
"At peak hours, the access road can benefit about 4,000 cars and lessen the traffic congestion on Jalan Awan Kecil.
"It is also safer as traffic is controlled by the new traffic lights," Hamid said.