The Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR Expressway), linking Kuala Lumpur to Ijok, Selangor at Templer’s Park, will increase traffic flow to the towns along the route and thus contribute to their local economies.
The chairman of the Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway Berhad (KLSEB), Mohamad Razali Othman, said the 33km, two-lane carriageway links the townships of Kuala Selangor, Assam Jawa, Ijok, Batang Berjuntai, Kota Puteri, Puncak Alam,
Shah Alam, Bukit Jelutong, Sungai Buloh, Kundang, Rawang, as well as the cities of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.
“Commercial and general trade activities will receive a boost from the expressway because of the easy and convenient access to all towns,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.
He claimed that LATAR Expressway, which is in its final stage of development and expected to be completed by the middle of this year, connects the many townships through four interchanges and three tolls, which will assist in dispersing traffic.
Travelling the expressway is expected to take only 18 minutes from end-to-end, he added.
Mohamad Razali also said that with the opening of the LATAR Expressway, the Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR), an orbital ring road within the greater Kuala Lumpur area, would be near completion; the plan is for the KLORR to ease congestion on the existing Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2).
The expressway also provides links to the existing North-South Highway and the Guthrie Expressway, he added.
The construction of the expressway, which began in Oct 2008, is divided into two phases; the first being the proposed design-and-build contract from Assam Jawa to Kundang, and the second from Kundang to Templer’s Park. The cost of the LATAR Expressway and the KLORR are not provided in this report.