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It seems there’s no need to wait too long for an audit to be carried out on the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT2) – the highway is currently being assessed by an independent evaluator, and its findings will determine the level of rectification work and improvements needed for the route to make it safer for motorists, Bernama reports.

The first report is expected to be completed next week, according to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof. The ministry had instructed the Public Works Department (JKR) to appoint an independent assessor to assess the expressway’s road surface to see if its grip index adhered to specification.

The independent evaluator is also set to carry out a safety audit on the route, checking on bends and uneven road surfaces – a road surface profiling will be conducted to determine if soil movement has resulted in uneven road surfaces, resulting in stretches being hazardous to motorists.

“Once the initial report is obtained, we will immediately take mitigation action including resurfacing the roads and rectifying sharp bends,” Fadillah told reporters. The LPT2 has seen 85 deaths and 1,991 accidents since its opening in 2011, with most cases reportedly occurring during the day and along straight stretches of the expressway.

Stating that most highway accidents in the country were attributed to human error, poorly maintained vehicles and unsafe road conditions, he advised LPT2 highway users to be cautious, abide by road instructions and drive according to the stipulated speed limits. “If motorists follow traffic rules, signs, and signals and drivers adopt a defensive driving attitude, God willing, we will all be safe on the road,” he said.

Earlier, it was reported that the Terengganu government has said it will take prompt measures to curb fatal accidents on the highway. These measures include placing more signboards along the route as well as getting the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to identify high-risk areas. The state government added that the wavy stretches along the route had supposedly been remedied, and the highway was safe for use.