If everything goes to plan, sometime around mid-year will see the opening of the KL-Kuala Selangor Expressway, which links Kuala Lumpur at Templer’s Park to the township of Ijok, in Kuala Selangor.

The 33 km dual carriageway route, known as the LATAR Expressway, will be an alternative link road to the present Jalan Sungai Buloh–Kuala Selangor (Federal Road 54) when open for service, and will effectively link the townships of Kuala Selangor, Assam Jawa, Ijok, Batang Berjuntai, Kota Puteri, Puncak Alam, Shah Alam, Bukit Jelutong, Sungai Buloh, Kundang, Rawang and Selayang.

With a drive time of 18 minutes from end-to-end, the expressway features four interchanges and three toll plazas as well as R&R service areas on each side of the route – the four interchanges provide faster and easy access into the existing Guthrie Corridor Expressway, PLUS North-South Expressway and the future West Coast Highway.

The expressway forms the North West portion of the Government’s larger plan for a KL Outer Ring Road (KLORR), which begins from the Templer’s Park Interchange along Federal Route 1 (KL-Rawang) to the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. KLORR is a planned orbital ring road within the greater KL area that will be an alternative to the presently congested Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2).

Currently, the completed sections of KLORR include the Guthrie Corridor Expressway linking to Elite Expressway from Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam to Saujana Putra, and the South Klang Valley Expressway from Saujana Putra to Kajang. In addition, KLORR connects Kajang to Hulu Langat via the SILK Highway. With the impending completion of the LATAR Expressway, 75% of the KLORR network will be formed.

The concession was awarded to KL-Kuala Selangor Expressway Berhad for a period of 40 years; Mudajaya Holdings Berhad is the turnkey contractor and was awarded the job for a contract value amounting to RM958 million. Construction began in October 2008, and the work is expected to be completed soon, with inspections by the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) to follow; no specific date for the opening has been set, but it is hoped that motorists can enjoy the new expressway by the middle of this year.