The MPPP plans to spend RM27m to widen roads and build overhead turn-off ramps in the suburbs under the first phase of a project to ease anticipated congestion once the second Penang Bridge opens. But what happens after that?
Well, there’s phase two, which calls for a multi-level overhead turn-off ramp and a couple of underpasses to cut below Jalan Masjid Negeri.
Gottlieb Road and Jalan Bagan Jermal will have an additional lane as well as, interestingly, a bicycle lane under the plan. More information on the MPPP website.
You can give your feedback to the Pengarah Kejuruteraan, MPPP, Level 13, Komtar, Jalan Penang, 10675 Penang or by email to rajendra (at) mppp.gov.my
While no doubt, this project will be welcomed by those caught in traffic jams, it only offers a short-term solution. What happens when the roads once again get congested in a few years, as they inevitably will?
We really need a more radical approach to transport. The more we spend on infrastructure for private motor vehicles, the harder it will be to wean people off their cars. Why not spend precious funds now on building supporting infrastructure for buses and other more sustainable alternatives rather than cars? If more people switch to buses and if the service is further improved, won’t congestion on the roads ease? High petrol prices will also force more people to consider using public transport.
We need to start moving towards more sustainable transport now.