State bent on curbing traffic congestion

For a smoother drive: Upgrading work has started on Jalan Masjid Negeri between the roundabout in Jalan Tunku Kudin and Jalan Delima.

Attempts to lessen traffic jams will be done with more projects aimed towards improving public transport over the next few years.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said road widening projects and improving public transport would be done at the same time by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

“A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been called for the project delivery partner. The relevant projects will be carried out gradually by the end of the year or early 2016,” said Lim at the launch of the upgrading work between Jalan Masjid Negeri and the Jalan Tunku Kudin and Jalan Delima round-about.

The upgrading effort was part of a RM22.6mil project to lessen the traffic jam at several areas within the island.

MBPP mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail, who was also present, said the project was to improve the roads and traffic flow.

“Upgrading has been done in Lebuhraya Thean Tek and the Lorong Batu Lanchang intersection, Jalan Air Itam which intersects with Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Scotland, Jalan Gottlieb, part of Jalan Bagan Jermal and Lorong Batu Lanchang.

“The completion of upgrading projects since 2011 has lessened the traffic in Jalan Masjid Negeri and the surrounding area,” she added. - The Star

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