The Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (Duke) Phase 2 is now open to traffic. The RM1.18 billion Duke Phase 2 project consists of the seven km Sri Damansara Link and the nine km Tun Razak Link – the latter is the one that welcomed motorists for the first time on Tuesday night.

The Tun Razak Link connects Jalan Tun Razak near Hospital Kuala Lumpur to the Sentul Pasar Interchange at Jalan Gombak. Works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the new link will help ease congestion at Bulatan Pahang.

“This is good news for Klang Valley residents because the link not only reduces congestion, but makes it easy to reach Hospital Kuala Lumpur. When the entire Duke Phase 2 is completed, the rate of congestion will be reduced by around 40%,” he told Bernama at the opening ceremony of the Tun Razak Link.

Ekovest MD Datuk Seri Lim Keng Cheng told the national news agency that traffic at Duke would easily double from an existing average of 135,000 vehicles per day once the Duke Phase 2 project is fully completed by end-August. It’s now 97% completed and currently seven months ahead of schedule.

The existing Duke 1 is a 19 km highway along the East-West route of northern KL, connecting the NKVE in west KL to the KL-Karak Highway in the north and the MRR2 in the east.