Smooth drive in Seremban

The third and final phase of the Seremban Middle Ring Road (MRRS) will be completed under the 10th Malaysia Plan and it will improve the traffic dispersal system in Seremban.

The first and second phase of the MRRS is part of the ongoing construction work which includes the electrified double-tracking projects of Seremban-Gemas, Sentul-Batu Caves, Ipoh-Padang Besar, East Coast Highway Phase 2 from Jabur to Kuala Terengganu and the Jalan Ampang-Jalan Jelatek flyover.

The Chedang Interchange, the KGV Interchange and the Hospital Tuanku Jaafar interchange and radial roads will be completed under the third and final phase.

Completed: The Taman Permai interchange.

The RM500mil MRRS two-lane dual carriageway, which is 28.5km long, is toll-free with a total of 16 interchanges.

The highway, which will be able to cope with traffic for up to 20 years, is being built by Konsortium Temokin Vila-Jelas JV Sdn Bhd (KTVJSB).

KTVJSB managing director Datuk Nor Arfudi Abdul Razak said modifications would be done if the highway was unable to cope with the traffic within the stipulated time.

The first phase of the MRRS started in 2004 with the Rasah-Bukit Tembok stretch and the second phase from Taman Bidara to the Rasah Interchange and the first part of Phase 2 is the Bukit Chedang-Permai-Jalan Sungei Ujong stretch which was completed in 2009.

The second part of Phase 2 includes the Taman Bidara Interchange connecting part of Bukit Chedang and the Permai Interchange.

“We are now in the first part of Phase 3 which includes the three interchanges at Chedang, Tuanku Jaafar Hospital and KGV.

“The final phase will connect all the missing links at the interchanges in Bukit Chedang and Permai as well as the link to Jalan Sungei Ujong,’’ said JKR (Federal) senior general manager Nor Azman Ismail.

Nor Ismail added the final stretch is from Taman Mutiara Galla to Temiang which cuts through an abandoned quarry and this area is the only part of the ring road system with a gradient of 15%.

“The entire MRRS, which was designed in 2002, was under the Seremban Structure Plan 1975,’’ said Nor Ismail.

He said when the MRRS was first designed, the focus was to avoid land acquisition and compensation payouts although there were certain areas where houses were demolished to make way for the project.

Nor Ismail said he was unable to give an exact date of the completion although some stretches of the MRRS were already open to traffic, giving motorists a faster and an easier access from the PLUS highway to link Kuala Pilah, Mantin and beyond by avoiding the traffic congestion in Seremban town.