Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dangerous Junctions - Kajang Traffic

I have seen Kajang traffic grew by leaps and bounds since 1978 especially I obtained my driving license. The first thing I did was to invite my friend Ng Yen Tien (migrated to Australia), together we left on a 200km journey exploring Kuala Lumpur from 11.00pm till 4.00am with my father's car which run on diesel and for less than $8.00, at todays petrol prices probably you will be able to reach Mid Valley, period. Driving in Kajang in those days was really stress free unlike today, drivers need to be considerate be it driving slow or fast and always remember that there are others who are also using the road like you. I did have my fair share of receiving traffic summons and accidents and with that comes the experience knowing how to avoid the avoidable situations like not "speeding" at certain stretch of the road at a certain time if you know what I mean, and being cautious and attentive otherwise it will be a costly affair.

There are three dangerous junctions in Kajang where I find that by placing proper signboard and traffic lights with proper maintenance, many accidents could have been avoided. Due to maybe "tidak apa attitude" people just complained or "curse" when approaching this junctions and once they pass through it, they would nod and forget about it. For the poor fella who are involved in accidents in these junctions just have to experience the hassle of making police reports and insurance claims.

The first Junction is the Bandar Teknologi Kajang entry and exit, here I could not understand since its opening till today and after numerous accidents and near misses, still there are no traffic lights installed. Every time when I visit my friends who lives there, after that if you want exit towards Semenyih you will need to be very patient as there are many vehicles coming from Semenyih. Last I heard is that there are road works going on but for how long?. And till the day they finally install the traffic lights..."That will be the day..." as the song goes.

The second Junction is in town, in front of RHB bank, cars coming in from the Jalan Semenyih road is the right of way going towards the Metro Plaza direction but cars coming from left (Taxi Station) sometimes think that they have the right of way, so what happens, somebody will be starring like you have to give way or else... and some just bull doze their way through. If somebody just refuse to give way, accidents would result. There use to be a "Stop-Look-Go" road sign but it is missing maybe due to scrap metal collectors or poor maintenance, the authorities concerned should provide regular inspections to ensure that road signs are in place.

The third Junction is the many entry and exit points along Sungai Chua road from BP station to Vinny Plaza. There are just too many entry and exits without proper road sign. Sometimes cars going in and out where ever is convenient to them but dangerous to others. Either install road dividers or have proper road signs.

If you have further comments put it here and I believe with enough complaint and suggestions the MPKj and the counsellors would take note and especially with the expected up coming general elections, their actions will be scrutinized.


Wei-Yann said...

There's always something to talk about traffic in this town eh? That's pretty bad with people flipping each other off and going 'Oi mau mati ke?!' and what not.
Now with all the flyovers (the ones in Jln Reko) I don't even recognize the place anymore, never thought I'd get lost in my own hometown...Hasn't it always been a stop-look-go thing at these intersections? That would be a fair and sensible thing to do if it isn't already is, then there won't be any need for arguing and waiting to see who'll go first and all that. Or at least put up a STOP sign before the junction. Just something to ease the traffic flow. It's bad enough as it is.

Ellen Whyte said...

I was almost killed two (three?) years ago behind the sports stadium when the council changed the one way road there to the opposite direction. However, they hid the new road sign behind a tree and never changed the road markings. I missed a bus coming the other way by inches! A friend of mine did exactly the same thing the next day. Now I'm in Subang Jaya and the council here pull exactly the same stunts... It's like they don't know what it's like to drive.

peisheah said...

The kajang Municipal is one of the worse managed one. & the town's traffic & road conditions are really deplorable. anyway, the SILK web allow you to avoid it albeit at a price.

j0nAthAn said...

I have been using the Villaraya traffic-light junction to enter Bandar Teknologi Kajang. But it's not the ideal solution as the right-most lane at the junction is pretty narrow and a bit dangerous.

Still, I'm waiting for the day they decide to build a car-park at the town centre.

Kajang_old_boy said...

Hello, does any one know the final road layout around Bandar Teknologi Kajang?

Is it really that finally all Kajang cars must turn right at the PROJET traffic light ( at Jalan Semenyih )and then turn into Bandar Teknologi Kajang in order to reach semenyih?

Is it really that finally all Semenyih cars can drive directly into Bandar Teknologi Kajang in order to reach Kajang?

Does anyone know?

Kajang Old boys

Kc and Yk said...

My friend James Lim the owner of the MTB Bicyle Shop in Taman Jasmin who lives in Bandar Teknologi Kajang told me this morning that they are going to install traffic lights before next Chinese New Year which will allow cars exiting BTK either to Semenyih or Kajang. I guess that is good news.

Kajang_old_boy said...

Hi, Flipper,

I plan to buy one 3-storey office shop lot in Bandar Teknologi Kajang for invesment purposes. One that is facing the main road ( immediately after turning in from Jalan Semenyih ).

Would you please ask your friend --James Lim about the near future prospects of Bandar Teknologi Kajang?

Would the Kajang-Seremban Highway ( just situated behind Bandar Teknologi Kajang ) bring better prospects to Bandar Teknologi Kajang?

Would the road expansion at the entrance of the Bandar Teknologi kajang, and the new traffic light situated at the entrance of the Bandar Teknologi Kajang bring better prospects to Bandar Teknologi Kajang?

Looking forwards to your reply.

Thank you.

Kajang Old Boy

Kajang_old_boy said...

Dear Mr. Flipper,

I am keen to know from the relevant authourities the followings :

The near future developments within the Bandar Teknologi Kajang ( Any new primary schools, new Public wet market, new Secondary School, new Bomba station, new Public Smimming Pool, New Shopping Mall or etc to be set up in Bandar Teknologi Kajang. )

I saw that the land just opposite the Kajang Golf Club ( very near Bandar Teknologi Kajang ) is being bulldoze by bulldozer for the purpose of building more houses. The developer is Metro-Kajang. Would you be able to find out :

1-) When is the completion of the above project?

2-) What is to be build in the above project?

Many thanks.

Best regards,
Old Kajang Boy, 3rd, November 2007

Kajang_old_boy said...

Hi, Flipper,

Just yesterday, I hear a furniture shop owner in Bandar Teknologi Kajang saying that the 3 Developers in Bandar Teknologi Kajang has throw the ball of building Traffic light at the junction around themselves. Finally, the Developer at the Projet side ( along Jalan Semenyih ) snatch this building of Traffic Light.

Are you still sure that there will be a traffic light at the junction entering and exiting Bandar Teknologi Kajang?

I really hope that I can get a confirmation from MPKJ. Does anyone know who should I contact in MPKJ?

Thank you.

Yours Truly,
Kajang Old Boy

Kajang_old_boy said...

Hi, Flipper,

Happy New Year To you.

I heard that there is a plan to build a wet market ( like the Pasar Besar Kajang ) near the Bandar Teknologi Kajang OR near Angerrik Villa Apartment OR near PROJET Oil Station ( along Jalan Semenyih that is near to Bandar Teknologi Kajang ).

Do you know more about this WET MARKET plan?

1-) Where is the actual location?
2-) When is it going to start building this WET MARKET?

It would be very good to have a nearby wet market for people staying nearby.

Looking forwards to reply please.

Best Regards and Yours Truly,
Kajang Old Boy