The Johor Bahru – Pontian interlink reduces traffic congestion up to 40%
The much awaited opening of Bandar Pulai Jaya highway interchange route is finally open to the public. Launched by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Dr. Sahruddin Jamal and organised by Kulai Municipal Council (MPK), the launch saw quite a number of attendance among the local residents especially to witness the historic launch.
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Costing at RM84.5 million, the project which previously experienced a three-year delay was supposed to be opened in 2016. Reasons for it delays consisted of problems in the final phase of acquiring the lands and relocation of utilities around the area.
Constructed by Extreme Consolidated Sdn Bhd, the interchange would link Jalan Johor Bahru – Pontian to the Second Link Highway. Dr. Sahruddin in his officiating speech said, “This would reduce the travelling time from Bandar Pulai Jaya and Taman Pulai Indah areas to Jalan Skudai interchange from 45 minutes to about 25 minutes.” The intersection would reduce traffic congestion along Jalan Johor Bahru – Pontian by 40 % and an estimate of 100,000 road users would benefit from the route.
Rapid development and economic growth in the surrounding areas of the intersection is expected upon its completion and launch.
The MB also emphasised on the issue of facilities and infrastructures development such as road works as one of the important agendas under the Johor state government’s Comprehensive Development Plan that runs from 2019 until 2030 which comprises of eight thrusts. This would in turn help maneuver Johor to be a much more developed and high performance state based on a development model that is more progressive, inclusive and sustainable.
Also present at the opening ceremony were state Public Works, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri and state Housing, Communication, Multimedia Committee chairman Sr Dzulkefly Ahmad, state International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah and State Secretary of Johor, Azmi Rohani.