SetiaWalk braces for traffic deluge

Puchong SetiaWalk developer Bandar Setia Alam Sdn Bhd has undertaken to build a flyover from Puchong-Damansara Highway (LDP) to its development, should the current road system fail to cope with the anticipated increase in traffic after its completion.

The company’s deputy president, Voon Tin Yow, said the original road system, which has been approved by Malaysia High Authority (LLM), will be start to opened for traffic n the next two weeks.

It would facilitate the opening of Phase 1 of Setiawalk, which comprises retail shops and offices, he said, while the authorities assess the traffic situation.

“We will let MPSJ conduct the study. If and when the authorities decide that it is necessary for the dedicated flyover to be constructed, we would comply and do so.

“In the meantime, we have started a preliminary underground survey on the proposed flyover,” said Voon (below, third from right) at a press conference yesterday.

Many of the 20,000 residents living in Taman Wawasan are unimpressed with the current system proposed by the developer, which includes a two-lane road parallel to Damansara-Puchong highway (LDP), controlled by traffic lights.

They foresee that once the system is implemented, traffic to SetiaWalk from the LDP will criss-cross traffic from the nearby Taman Wawasan Puchong.

They fear the system will lead to massive traffic congestion during peak hours, and have started a petition to highlight their concerns.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor, Tan Jo Hann, said the local council will be classifying the area’s traffic conditions from level A to F on the period before and after the SetiaWalk is opened.

“If it becomes worse later, by all means we will ask them to build the flyover,” he said.

He said MPSJ has engaged traffic consultant Goh Bok Yen to assess the situation.

Voon said the construction of flyover, if necessary, would take two years to complete.

Meanwhile, residents’ action committee against SetiaWalk road system chairman, SY Yong, said she was glad that the developer is being socially responsible.

“But we would like to know at the interim period, what action will be taken to avoid accidents from happening?” she asked

The developer, however, stressed the current road system will not pose any hazard.

The proposed flyover will most likely be above the pedestrian bridge