DBKL has announced a new traffic dispersal plan for Jalan Tun Razak, one of the most congested roads in downtown Kuala Lumpur during rush hours. Two stretches are affected, one at the Pekeliling/Bulatan Pahang area and one near the US embassy. It starts this Sunday, November 8, and here’s what’s going to happen.

  • Vehicles from Jalan Pekeliling Lama are only allowed to flow into Jalan Ipoh/Jalan Tun Razak
  • Vehicles heading towards Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar (formerly Lebuhraya Mahameru) are to use the Jalan Ipoh/Jalan Tun Razak traffic light intersection under the flyover
  • Vehicles from Jalan Tun Razak (from Jalan Semarak/Jalan Ampang) will have to use Bulatan Pahang if they wish to head to Jalan Ipoh
  • Vehicles from the direction of Jalan Tun Razak (from Bulatan Pahang) heading to Jalan U-Thant are to use the road below the flyover, passing the Jalan Semarak and Jalan Ampang junctions
  • Vehicles heading towards Cheras and the south can still use the flyover, but will no longer be able to turn into Jalan U-Thant
  • Vehicles from the direction of Jalan Ampang (from Jalan Jelatek) flowing into Jalan Tun Razak (south-bound) can only turn into Jalan U-Thant

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It’s clear that the above measures are to reduce options and merging traffic, which is the main cause of congestion at the two Jalan Tun Razak stetches. Monday will be mayhem, but here’s hoping that this new scheme will bear fruit once motorists are used to the new system.