SUKE Highway Phase 2 launched, opens midnight – Sri Petaling to Cheras; 2 weeks free toll at Alam Damai

SUKE Highway Phase 2 launched, opens midnight – Sri Petaling to Cheras; 2 weeks free toll at Alam Damai

SUKE Sri Petaling interchange – click to enlarge

Phase 2 of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) has been officially launched by works minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi moments ago. The launch ceremony took place at SUKE’s Alam Damai toll plaza, the sole toll plaza in this 7.8 km stretch that connects Sri Petaling and Bukit Jalil to Phase 1’s Cheras-Kajang interchange. This plaza will be toll-free for two weeks from midnight tonight till 11.59 pm on June 29.

With today’s launch, the MRR2 alternative is complete from end-to-end. Phase 1 of the SUKE was opened to traffic in September 2022. The first phase was a 16.6 km stretch from the signature big loop Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa.

As mentioned, the 7.8 km-long Phase 2 starts at Sri Petaling (direct from Kesas Highway or a slip road next to Endah Parade) and that’s the Sri Petaling interchange – besides Kesas, SUKE also connects with the KL-Seremban Highway here. The next interchange is just a stone’s throw away – the Sungai Besi interchange is just next to the old town’s MRT Putrajaya Line station and it connects SUKE with the Besraya Highway.

SUKE Highway Phase 2 launched, opens midnight – Sri Petaling to Cheras; 2 weeks free toll at Alam Damai

Click to enlarge map

The elevated SUKE then mirrors the MRR2 all the way to Bandar Tasik Selatan, passing by the TBS bus hub on the left. Shortly after TBS, the SUKE diverts right to climb the hill to Alam Damai. It’s here that the double-deck layout starts – traffic heading to Cheras-Kajang (KL) will be on the upper deck; those heading towards Sri Petaling will be on the lower deck. As you climb the hill, the structure is sandwiched by apartment blocks and the rear of UCSI.

We’ve observed before the complexity of SUKE’s construction – the Cheras-Kajang interchange’s helicoidal ramp gets all the attention, but the fully elevated urban highway cuts through heavily build up areas and existing major roads, which makes things less straightforward – and Phase 2’s highlight is this ‘double-decker’ Alam Damai stretch that’s very imposing.

Speaking of Alam Damai, the toll plaza here makes it three tolls in total for the SUKE. Each deck gets its own toll booth. While the SUKE’s main line is now fully complete with the opening of Phase 2, the Alam Damai interchange is still under construction and Prolintas says that it will be complete in Q3 2023, specifically August – 20% more to go for this interchange, we’re told. Overall, the SUKE project is now 99.54% complete.

SUKE Highway Phase 2 launched, opens midnight – Sri Petaling to Cheras; 2 weeks free toll at Alam Damai

SUKE Alam Damai ‘double-decker’ road and toll plaza – click to enlarge

The Alam Damai toll plaza is where SUKE’s control centre is and the very tall building (by highway control centre standards) even has F&B outlets at its ground floor, one of them a drive-through. From here, it’s a short distance to the existing Cheras-Kajang interchange and its signature spiral ramps, which you can read about in full here.

In total, SUKE has 14 interchanges along its 24.4 km main line length (57.7 km if one includes all the interchanges), and these are Sri Petaling, Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras-Kajang, Cheras-Hartamas, Bukit Teratai, Tasik Tambahan, Permai, Kosas, Pekan Ampang, Ampang Point, Ulu Kelang, Hillview and Bukit Antarabangsa.

The MRR2 alternative is linked to the said ring road, Kesas (at Sri Petaling), KL-Seremban Highway, Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), Grand Saga, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) and the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE). The future East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) will also be linked.

According to Prolintas group CEO Datuk Mohammad Azlan Abdullah, SUKE is an effective traffic dispersal solution for the eastern part of KL that is projected to relieve traffic on the MRR2 by 30%, Jalan Ampang by 36% and Jalan Loke Yew by 12% during peak hours. Those three roads are notorious for congestion, and if the projections are accurate, everyone benefits.

Prolintas – which is also the concessionaire for the DASH, AKLEH, Guthrie, LKSA and Kajang Silk highways – says that the estimated travel time from end-to-end is 25 minutes with SUKE, versus 75 minutes via the existing route, which is the MRR2. That’s a whopping 50 minutes difference – even if it’s half an hour, that’s a good amount of time saved, per day. At a price, of course – it’s RM2.30 for cars at Phase 1’s Bukit Teratai and Ampang tolls, and the Alam Damai toll follows suit with the RM2.30 rate, so it’s RM6.90 from end-to-end.

By the way, SUKE is open payment system (OPS) and multi-lane free flow (MLFF) ready. Check out the map, our pics of Phase 2 from the media preview, as well as our gallery of Phase 1, with drone shots. Sri Petaling, Bukit Jalil and Cheras folks, what’s your view?

GALLERY: SUKE Highway Phase 2

GALLERY: SUKE Highway Phase 1

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  • YB Albert on Jun 15, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    Make sure signboards r not kiddie size n plenty of functioning cctvs.Yrsteday Ducati rider died due to killer riders from opposite lawan arus.With cctvs the killers can be nabbed.

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    • Manifesto Dicapati on Jun 15, 2023 at 11:09 pm

      Janji mansuh tol bila?
      As above

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    • todak on Jun 16, 2023 at 11:16 am

      The culprit who rode against the direction of traffic must have been selfishly thinking that this would be a time saving shortcut, but it turned out to be at the expense of someone else’s life.

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    • apa apa lah on Jun 17, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      problem is, the authorities never bother with the motobikes going in opposite direction until it involves someone lives then only ‘pretend’ to care??

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  • donno on Jun 15, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Are these very high expressways safe for motorcyclists in an accident?

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  • great! more highways and the govt wants to reduce traffic congestion… total disconnect! haih

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  • Mr nobody on Jun 15, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Can they just finish the Alam Damai roads done and over with?

    Now that they hoo hah about the double decker, what about the actual road below that it straddles, its left with just partially functioning single lane in each direction towards Bandar Tasik Selatan. Part of it closed where people have to navigate through the light industrial zone riddled with uneven surface.

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  • Squid on Jun 15, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    Discount should be given to those who passes 2 or all 3 tolls.

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  • Ahlokekor..stop selling number plates on Jun 15, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    It is a mad mad world at our toll plazas.
    Each day,u get agitated to see cars entering wrong lanes,kostan n nearly bang your car.
    At times the RFID lane is not scanning a wrongly DIY RFID strip..they reverse,n reverse till u get banged.
    Do u see this in Spore or Australia?
    WE r having 3rd world infra with 3rd world maintenance.
    Ahlokekor..pls delegate selling number plates to your macai.U got more important things to do.No need undercover.U can see all these from Toll videos live.
    Taxpayers have a limit..when patience is concerned.

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  • Winner Ong on Jun 15, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Make money projek all come to a town bottleneck near you, I like gov mentality thinking prosperity. Wish you many luck and fortune my be loved reader.

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  • hebatman on Jun 15, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    SUKE + DUKE = Suka Duka

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  • Yes i'm T20 on Jun 15, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    should not allow motorcycle to use this kind of highway , not paying toll but act like they are king of the road

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    • motobodo on Jun 16, 2023 at 8:34 am

      yesterday during rush hour, notice a stupid motobodo, from faraway already using his horn. honking every car that is trying to change lanes. I dont understand this culture in KL. it does not happen in other states, not even Penang. why motobikes act like thugs in KL ???

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      • Their legs needed to be amputated before motorbikers become more mannered.

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      • stasta on Jun 18, 2023 at 9:34 pm

        they feel entitled and empowered due to their dark skin colour

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  • Henry Amir on Jun 20, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Could someone please confirm if I can use the SUKE Highway to travel from Gombak MRR2 to Putrajaya? Additionally, which exit interchange should I use for this route?

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