Residents launch Setia Walk petition to avoid imminent traffic woes

The residents of Taman Wawasan Puchong launched a petition calling for higher authorities to step in to tackle the potential traffic woes generated from the near-completed Setia Walk project.

The petition was launched after residents failed to reach a consensus with developer SP Setia on appointing an independent traffic consultant to redesign the traffic route in a meeting held last week.

The developer turned down the request, saying that they have conducted a traffic study, affirmed that a traffic light is the best option, and have  gotten approval from Malaysia Highway Board (LLM).

Residents then proposed for an underpass to be built from LDP to entrance A of Setia Walk, or a L-shape flyover from Persiaran Wawasan directly to the elevated U-turn to ease traffic going to KL, but both proposals were rejected as being too pricey.

MPSJ councillor for the area Tan Jo Hann admitted that there were no progress in the meeting last week.

“Question aroused on who should pay to hire the consultant. The developer didn’t want to pay, LLM said they already issued an approval, MPSJ said they do not have jurisdiction on the matter,” he said.

Following this, Komunitikini was told that the petition was launched to vie for the Selangor government’s attention.

Criss-cross of traffic flow?

Many of the 20,000 residents living in Taman Wawasan are worried that the project, span across 20.8 acres of land at the entrance of their community, will pose severe traffic impacts once it is complete.

The residents are unimpressed with the current traffic layout plan proposed by the developer, which includes a two-lane road parallel to Damansara-Puchong highway (LDP) and traffic lights.

For one, they asked how the developer is going to accommodate traffic weaving out from Taman Wawasan Puchong and traffic weaving into the front entrance of Setia Walk (entrance A) from LDP, which appears to be criss-crossing.

A similar situation will happen on the other front entrance of Setia Walk (entrance B), claimed residents, where traffic from inner lane intending to go straight on LDP will meet traffic that wish to turn in to Setia Walk from outer lane.

“It will definitely pose a hazard, we want to know the minimum safety distance to prevent traffic weaving,” said Tan.

“The traffic light would not help but to further worsen the congestion,” claimed a resident who only wished to be known as Chin.

“What if a fire truck coming out from Taman Wawasan is stuck in the jam?” he asked.

A series of meetings between the residents, local assemblyman, MPSJ and the developer will be held again starting this Thursday.