DUKE 2 91% com­plete

> Ex­press­way will ben­e­fit city dwellers by re­duc­ing trav­el­ling time

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Phase two of the Duta-Ulu Klang Ex­press­way (DUKE) con­nect­ing the east and west of the cap­i­tal city via a 16km link is cur­rently 91% com­plete.

Kon­sor­tium Le­buhraya UtaraTimur (KL) Sdn Bhd (Kes­turi) di­rec­tor Zakaria Shaffie said with an­other 9% to go, the lon­gawaited ex­press­way would be com­pleted by year-end, and would be fully op­er­a­tional by early next year.

“The re­main­ing works com­prise the con­struc­tion of the el­e­vated struc­ture for the ex­press­way,” he told re­porters dur­ing a tech­ni­cal visit to the project site with par­tic­i­pants of the 2nd In­ter­na­tional Road Fed­er­a­tion (IRF) Re­gional Asia Congress and Ex­hi­bi­tion 2016, here, yes­ter­day.

“DUKE 2 will surely ben­e­fit city dwellers, es­pe­cially Segam­but and Sun­gai Bu­loh res­i­dents, and we believe that with the ex­press­way we can re­duce traf­fic on lo­cal roads by 20%,” he said.

Con­struc­tion of the RM1.18 bil­lion DUKE Phase 2 project be­gan in De­cem­ber 2013 and it com­prises two ad­di­tional links, namely Tun Razak Link (TR link) and Sri Da­mansara Link (SD Link), which will be con­nected to the ex­ist­ing DUKE 1.

The 7km SD Link be­gins at the Men­jalara In­ter­change at Ban­dar Men­jalara and ends at the Segam­but In­ter­change in Jalan Segam­but and is ex­pected to re­duce trav­el­ling time to 12 min­utes.

The 9km TR Link is from Jalan Tun Razak near Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal to the Sen­tul Pasar In­ter­change in Jalan Gom­bak.

Zakaria said the DUKE 2 project will also in­volve con­struc­tion of the park-an­dride fa­cil­ity in Segam­but.

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