THOUSANDS of motorists were relieved because the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) did not close the FAS tunnel in Petaling Jaya Utara yesterday as planned but instead will turn it into a one-way traffic flow.
The council has accepted the suggestion of Ara Damansara residents of turning the two-way tunnel into a one-way flow to allow only traffic from the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).
Traffic from Ara Damansara will now need to use the Megah Mas tunnel to exit into LDP.
The move is to also alleviate the suffering of residents in Taman Kelana Idaman, near the FAS tunnel.
What a relief: The missing link between Ara Damansara and Tropicana is finally ready.
The council was compelled to close the tunnel due to complaints from Taman Kelana Idaman residents who have to face the high volume of traffic right at their doorsteps every day.
It is hoped that turning the tunnel into a one-way flow and directing the traffic around Ara Damansara into one big loop will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders.
There is another reason for motorists to be happy because contractors appointed by the council had completed the major work on the missing link between Ara Damansara and Tropicana.
Work on road kerbs, markings and walkways are expected to complete by next Wednesday.
MBPJ councillor Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin said the council had budgeted RM300,000 for the road but in the end needed to pay less.
“Traffic is so bad for Taman Kelana Idaman residents that they cannot come out from their houses. Heavy vehicles also zoom past daily and have even knocked down the height bars put up several times.
“We can imagine their frustration,” he added. He also advised FAS tunnel users to give way to residents when they need to exit from their houses.
“However, the problems faced by Ara Damansara residents are also real.
“MBPJ took note of their plight and discussed their recommendations with a traffic consultant.
“It was eventually agreed the tunnel be turned into a one-way flow and a set of traffic lights be installed at the cross junction to ease congestion,” he added.
Khairul said MBPJ would also build more road humps and a divider to prevent motorists from using Taman Kelana Idaman as a shortcut.
No date has been fixed for the implementation of the new traffic system.
Damansara resident Y.K. Lee expressed gratitude to the council on behalf of his neighbours for taking their feedback into consideration. He also thanked the councillor for his effort in trying to resolve the matter.