More MRT news. Following the trial closure of the left most lane on SPRINT highway on Monday, October 29, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation is set to do a second round on the same stretch, this time for a week.

The original closure did not have a major impact on Kuala Lumpur-bound traffic, but since this was done immediately after a long weekend, MRT Corp and its contractors is looking at the week-long trial to further observe and assess traffic flow. The extended trial closure was discussed with SPRINT officials, who have given the go-ahead.

The new round of closure will be implemented from Thursday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 7 – the left-most lane of the SPRINT Highway, from the Bukit Kiara junction to the Jalan Maarof junction (Kuala Lumpur-bound) will be closed from 9am to 4pm during this period.

The four-lane road does not have an emergency lane, while the immediate left side is a slope, followed by some houses. MRT Corp is planning to build a retaining wall near the slope, and then add an additional lane next to the wall; MRT Corp will then take the right-most lane, where the piers of the Sg Buloh-Kajang alignment will be located – traffic in the area will then revert to a three-lane system.

As before, traffic personnel will be on site to ensure traffic flow is monitored, and safety barriers and traffic cones will be placed at the work site to ensure road users are pre-warned of on-going works. See the video on MRT Corp’s Traffic Management Plan for the project here.

A stretch of Jalan Bukit Bintang has been realigned and the night closure of right lanes on a stretch of Jalan Cheras has been extended to the end of the year, also to assist the progress of MRT works. See suggested alternative routes here.