Mahameru traffic diversion

If you’re a daily user of the Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar (formerly Lebuhraya Mahameru), you’ll be needing to find an alternative travel route in the coming week – the portion of the highway affected by cracks and soil settlement will remain closed for a week, The Star reports.

The stretch, which is just after the Jalan Damansara-Jalan Parliament turn-off, was closed at 8 pm on Tuesday following the appearance of cracks. The cracks first surfaced at around 2 pm on the day, and the affected section of the road – measuring about three metres by 4.6 metres – posed enough of a risk to road users that the decision was made to bring about the closure of the route.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib told reporters during a site visit that it would be a week before the south-bound lane of the highway was reopened. He said that contractors will back-fill the affected areas with granular material to strengthen the structure, a process that is set to take three days.

He said that the soil settlement was caused by incessant downpour, where rainwater seeped into the soil of the undercut tunnelling construction on a new two-lane tunnel to be built alongside the existing Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly Jalan Duta) tunnel. This had caused the sheet pile to slant, which in turn caused the road to crack.

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He added that the contractors and project consultants had been asked to re-look at their construction methods and measures to ensure there was no long-term negative impact to the area.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim and Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar is due to be widened to accommodate a new tunnel, which is expected to be completed by March next year. The RM40.67mil tunnel project is part of a traffic mitigation plan designed by DBKL.

Yesterday, MRT Corp had issued a statement saying that the incident was not caused by nor related to the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line. Meanwhile, The Star reports that only two out of the four lanes on the stretch were passable, and motorists were being diverted to the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim exit.