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The first phase of the long-delayed Klang third bridge, joining Jalan Sungai Bertih, Jalan Tanjung Shawal and Jalan Goh Hock Huat, is expected to finish in July 2016, reports the New Straits Times.

According to Selangor Public Accounts Committee acting chairman Ng Suee Lim, about 30% of the works have been completed at a cost of RM199 million, comprising piling works and the foundation beam.

“We expect the bridge to reduce congestion from the two main bridges in Klang by at least 60%. The bridge can accommodate about 120,000 vehicles in a day. Motorists travelling from Port Klang, Banting and Sijangkang will be able to avoid the traffic congestion once it is complete,” he told the English-language daily.

“The cost for the second phase is about RM320 million, and if all goes well we will begin next year with the construction works. We expect that it will be complete in 2018,” added Ng.

The 2.5 km bridge, including connecting roads, was first proposed by the Barisan Nasional state government and launched on March 5, 2008 by former chief minister Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo. The project did not take off after Pakatan took over the state government later in the same month, NST reports.