west coast expressway alignment

Construction of the West Coast Expressway (WCE) project, which will connect Banting in Selangor and Changkat Jering in Perak, is on track for completion in 2019, according to the New Straits Times.

Perak state public utilities, infrastructure, energy and water committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin said that land clearing, construction of bridges and earthworks have been completed for the Hutang Melintang-Teluk Intan and Kampung Lekir-Changkat Chermin stretch thus far.

“We are also in the process of acquiring land for the Changat Chermin-Taiping section, and are very focused to develop the project as it will help boost development in new areas,” he said, adding that the expressway will also create job opportunities for locals during the construction process.

“The new expressway will also improve the socio-economic development along the stretch as it will shorten the distance from Southern to Northern parts of Perak. It will also act as the alternative highway and ease the traffic congestion on the North South Expressway (PLUS) during holidays,” he said at a state legislative assembly sitting last week.

The WCE, which will cost RM5 billion to construct, will run a 233 km route across Selangor and Perak – the E32 will link to a number of existing highways, including PLUS, NKVE, Latar, Kesas and the SKVE. The expressway will have a total of 21 interchanges (10 in Selangor, and 11 in Perak) as well as 20 toll plazas (nine in Selangor, 11 in Perak).