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The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) held a press conference at its headquarters on Jalan Raja Laut yesterday to discuss traffic and access arrangements in the lead up to the KL City Grand Prix (happening next weekend from August 7-9). Race organiser GT Global Race was also present at the briefing.

As many KL folk will have noticed, there’s a lot happening in certain parts of the capital as construction of the 3.2 km counter-clockwise street circuit is well underway. Crash barriers, resurfaced roads and redirected traffic flows have sprouted along major roads in the city, which has caused confusion and dissatisfaction among the public.

These works, explained GT Global Race, are usually carried out overnight, with infrastructure placed in such a way as to minimise or avoid any disruption to day-to-day traffic, access and operation as much as possible. With the barriers and debris fences in place, gaps have been left for vehicle access to all properties, and footpaths have remained opened.

As the event draws even closer, access points will be fitted with gates or other similar infrastructure that will allow them to be closed at the last minute before racing commences. The company also explained that up until the week of the race and afterwards during the dismantlement of the circuit, access to all properties and around the circuit should not be affected any more than through regular construction work around KL.

How long after the race before things go back to normal? GT Global Race CEO M. Arrasu said that dismantlement work will begin as soon as the race is over, with the roads opened by 6 pm; within three weeks, all traces of the race will have been removed.

As for concerns regarding the boarding of buses and taxis with the barriers up, chairman Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar said that it was no different from other street circuits, pointing to Monaco as a notable example.

The KL City Grand Prix circuit will make use of roads around the KLCC area, going through Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Perak – a portion of those roads will be opened from 6 am to 6 pm, but due to the infrastructure placed, Jalan Perak and Jalan P Ramlee will only have limited overnight access, while the portion of Jalan P Ramlee from Jalan Sultan Ismail to Jalan Perak (which houses one of the grandstands) will be closed from 7 pm on August 6 until 5 am on August 10.

Details on the roads affected by the circuit and traffic management plan for the entire course of the race weekend below.

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