SUKE Highway

  • SUKE highway – Prolintas announces reopening of Jalan Alam Damai-Taman Len Seng stretch to traffic

    SUKE highway – Prolintas announces reopening of Jalan Alam Damai-Taman Len Seng stretch to traffic

    Prolintas, the concessionaire for the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) Alam Damai elevated interchange, has announced the reopening of the stretch of road on Jalan Alam Damai heading towards Taman Len Seng and from Taman Len Seng towards Jalan Alam Damai, as well as that from the MRR2 to Alam Damai.

    The roads have been closed for years to facilitate the construction of the SUKE, and following the completion of the highway project with the opening of the Alam Damai interchange in October last year, access to to the stretch – which has been fully repaired by Prolintas – has now been restored.

    The reopening was announced by Prolintas earlier this evening via a Facebook post, with the barriers removed less than an hour ago. Traffic accessing the stretch is reportedly still light, as likely many are still unaware that it is now accessible to vehicles.

    Phase 1 of the SUKE, a 16.6 km-long stretch from the signature big loop Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangs, awas opened to traffic in September 2022, while Phase 2, a 7.8 km-long stretch that connects Sri Petaling and Bukit Jalil to the Cheras-Kajang interchange. was officially launched in June. The opening of the Alam Damai interchange on October 20 completed the project, and the reopening of the road beneath the highway in that area now finishes the build in its entirety.

     
     
  • SUKE Alam Damai elevated interchange opening midnight today, direct access from Jalan Alam Damai

    SUKE Alam Damai elevated interchange opening midnight today, direct access from Jalan Alam Damai

    View from SUKE – click to enlarge

    We talked about it earlier today and voila, the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) Alam Damai elevated interchange will open to traffic midnight today, specifically 12:01 am, October 20. With this the SUKE is 100% complete.

    The Alam Damai interchange spans 1.5 km and will provide direct access between the main line of SUKE and Jalan Alam Damai, the main thoroughfare of the Alam Damai township. Prolintas says that the opening of this interchange is expected to alleviate traffic congestion not just in Alam Damai, but also in Taman Connaught, Taman Len Seng, Taman Bukit Anggerik and the surrounding areas. No area has more tamans than Cheras!

    In addition, the concessionaire says that the interchange will enhance connectivity to several strategic locations such as Ampang, Kuala Lumpur city, Sungai Besi and Bukit Jalil, and acts as an alternative to the MRR2 and Jalan Loke Yew, roads that are infamous for traffic jams.

    SUKE Alam Damai elevated interchange opening midnight today, direct access from Jalan Alam Damai

    View from Alam Damai – click to enlarge

    With the opening of the Alam Damai elevated interchange, toll collection at the entrance and exit ramps will come into effect simultaneously.

    As mentioned, with the opening of this final piece, the SUKE is now fully complete. Phase 1 was opened to traffic in September 2022. It’s a 16.6 km stretch from the signature big loop Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa. Phase 2 was officially launched in June. The 7.8 km stretch connects Sri Petaling and Bukit Jalil to the Cheras-Kajang interchange.

    We covered the launch of both phases, so click on the links to learn more about this 24.4 km city highway with scenic views (we have drone shots) and impressive structures that were very challenging to construct, as much of it was built above existing roads and tamans.

     
     
  • SUKE Highway Alam Damai interchange opening soon

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    Phase 2 of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) was officially launched in June. The 7.8 km stretch with one toll plaza connects Sri Petaling and Bukit Jalil to Phase 1’s Cheras-Kajang interchange.

    UPDATE: The SUKE Alam Damai elevated interchange will open to traffic midnight today, specifically 12:01 am, October 20. With this, the SUKE is 100% complete.

    Phase 1 of the MRR2 alternative was opened to traffic in September 2022. It’s a 16.6 km stretch from the signature big loop Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa.

    While the SUKE’s main line was fully completed with the opening of Phase 2, the Alam Damai interchange was still under construction at the launch, and Prolintas said that it will be completed in Q3 2023, specifically August, with 20% more to go for the interchange.

    Q3 is now over and we’re now in the fourth and final quarter of 2023, so the Alam Damai interchange opening is behind schedule. But the good news is that it will be opening soon to serve the populous area – Prolintas has just released a video to say that. No specific date was mentioned, but we’re told to wait for the official announcement. Not long now then.

    We covered SUKE Phase 2 in June and SUKE Phase 1 last year, so click on the links to learn more about this city highway with scenic views and impressive structures that were challenging to construct.

     
     
  • SUKE Highway Alam Damai free toll ends tonight, toll collections begins on June 30 12:01am – RM2.30 fee

    SUKE Highway Map

    The two week period of motorists enjoying free toll at the SUKE highway’s Alam Damai toll plaza ends tonight. A toll charge of RM2.30 will apply when you go through the toll plaza from June 30 2023 12:01am, which is after midnight today.

    The SUKE has three toll plazas – Alam Damai, Bukit Teratai and Ampang. All three toll plazas cost RM2.30 each. This means it will cost Class 1 vehicle users a total of RM6.90 (RM2.30 x 3) to travel the total length of the SUKE in one direction.

    SUKE’s main line is now fully complete, with the only remaining interchange under construction being the Alam Damai interchange which is expected to be ready in August 2023.

    Have you tried the SUKE highway yet? What do you think of it so far?

    SUKE Highway Alam Damai free toll ends tonight, toll collections begins on June 30 12:01am – RM2.30 fee

     
     
  • 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

     
     
  • SUKE Highway Map and list of interchanges

    SUKE Highway Map and list of interchanges

    The Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) has been officially launched. The new SUKE highway has 14 interchanges along its 24.4 km main line.

    The following is a list of the SUKE interchanges:

    • Sri Petaling
    • Sungai Besi
    • Alam Damai
    • Cheras-Kajang
    • Cheras-Hartamas
    • Bukit Teratai
    • Tasik Tambahan
    • Permai
    • Kosas
    • Pekan Ampang
    • Ampang Point
    • Ulu Kelang
    • Hillview
    • Bukit Antarabangsa
    • Sri Petaling
    • Sungai Besi

    The 16.6 km long stretch of Phase 1 spans from the Cheras-Kajang interchange (on the Grand Saga, near Plaza Phoenix) to Bukit Antarabangsa.

    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 Alam Damai interchange opening in August 2023

    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 as of June 15 2023.

    SUKE Highway Toll Price

    SUKE Highway Map and list of interchanges

    The SUKE has three toll plazas – Alam Damai, Bukit Teratai and Ampang. Alam Damai toll is currently free until 11.59 pm on June 29 2023. SUKE highway is priced at RM2.30 through each toll plaza for Class 1 vehicles, or passenger vehicles.

    This means it will cost Class 1 vehicle users a total of RM6.90 (RM2.30 x 3) to travel the length of the SUKE in one direction.

    How to enter SUKE from Cheras-Kajang Interchange?

    SUKE Highway Map and list of interchanges

    You can enter SUKE at the Cheras-Kajang Interchange from either direction of Jalan Cheras.

    If you are coming from Kajang and heading towards KL, exit at the signboard that says Kuantan/Ampang/Ulu Kelang.

    If you are coming from Jalan Loke Yew and heading towards Kajang, exit at the signboard that says Perhilitan/Cheras Hartamas.

    Have you tried the SUKE highway yet? What do you think of it so far?

     
     
  • SUKE Highway Phase 2 opening next week – Kesas/Sri Petaling/Bukit Jalil to Cheras-Kajang; we’ve tried it!

    SUKE Highway Phase 2 opening next week – Kesas/Sri Petaling/Bukit Jalil to Cheras-Kajang; we’ve tried it!

    SUKE Sri Petaling interchange – click to enlarge

    It’s official. We’ve just completed the media preview and can tell you that Phase 2 of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) will be officially launched next week. Phase 2 connects Sri Petaling and Bukit Jalil (entrance is on the Kesas Highway, where Endah Parade is) to the Cheras-Kajang interchange, near Plaza Phoenix. With this, the MRR2 alternative is now complete. Well, 99.5% complete, but more on that later.

    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 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 opening next week – Kesas/Sri Petaling/Bukit Jalil to Cheras-Kajang; we’ve tried it!

    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 is quite imposing.

    Speaking of Alam Damai, there’s a toll plaza here to make 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.

    SUKE Highway Phase 2 opening next week – Kesas/Sri Petaling/Bukit Jalil to Cheras-Kajang; we’ve tried it!

    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 (for 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.

    But of course, as with all good things, there’s a price to be paid. Mohd Azlan said that he will leave the big announcement to works minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, who will be officiating next week’s launch, but hinted that the Alam Damai toll rate will not be higher than the RM2.30 charged at Phase 1’s Bukit Teratai and Ampang tolls. We’re expecting it to be the same, which means a total damage of RM6.90 from end-to-end. Perhaps not for the cost-conscious then, but even if you won’t be using it daily, it’s always good to have an alternative.

    Will there be a toll-free trial period? All will be revealed at the launch next week. Check out the map, the Prolintas-supplied Phase 2 pics as well as our gallery of Phase 1, with drone shots. Sri Petaling, Bukit Jalil and Cheras/Alam Damai folks, what’s your view?

    GALLERY: SUKE Highway Phase 2

    GALLERY: SUKE Highway Phase 1

     
     
  • SUKE Highway Phase 2 teased – Ulu Kelang to Sri Petaling in just 20 minutes, official opening soon

    SUKE Highway Phase 2 teased – Ulu Kelang to Sri Petaling in just 20 minutes, official opening soon

    Prolintas has teased the impending opening of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) Phase 2. The concessionaire posted up a picture of the SUKE’s Sri Petaling interchange, saying that it will take just 20 minutes from Ulu Kelang to Sri Petaling.

    “Your journey will be faster with the opening of the Sri Petaling interchange, SUKE Highway Phase 2, soon! This highway is the best alternative to avoid traffic jams on the MRR2. Experience a smoother and safe journey with SUKE Phase 2, which connects you direct to your destination. This intersection is set to connect you to six other highways heading to the south of KL,” the caption reads.

    Phase 1 of the SUKE was opened to traffic in September 2022. The first phase is a 16.6 km stretch spans from the signature big loop Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa. Phase 2 connects Sri Petaling and Kesas (where Endah Parade is) to the Cheras-Kajang interchange, near Plaza Phoenix.

    SUKE Highway Phase 2 teased – Ulu Kelang to Sri Petaling in just 20 minutes, official opening soon

    Click to enlarge map

    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.

    SUKE is a very scenic highway with a couple of unique features, and one more will be joining the list with the opening of Phase 2. Those around the Cheras area would know of the double-deck highway at Alam Damai that has been erected for some time now – that’s part of SUKE Phase 2.

    As for tolls, the SUKE has three toll plazas – Phase 2’s Alam Damai will join the existing Bukit Teratai and Ampang, which collect RM2.30 each. Read all about the SUKE here, with our drone shots.

     
     
  • SUKE highway toll rates announced – RM2.30 each at Ampang and Bukit Teratai toll plazas from October 15

    SUKE highway toll rates announced – RM2.30 each at Ampang and Bukit Teratai toll plazas from October 15

    Toll rates have been announced for the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE), and the rates will take effect from 12:01 am on Saturday (midnight tonight), October 15, 2022, and passage along the SUKE highway is priced at RM2.30 through each toll plaza for Class 1 vehicles, or passenger vehicles.

    This applies to the Ampang and Bukit Teratai toll plazas, which are in the first phase of the highway that has already been opened. The already-open Phase 1 stretch is 16.6 km long, and goes from the Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa.

    The third toll plaza within the yet-to-be opened stretch is Alam Damai; assuming the same RM2.30 rate applies to the Alam Damai toll plaza, it will cost Class 1 vehicle users a total of RM6.90 to travel the length of the SUKE in one direction.

    SUKE highway toll rates announced – RM2.30 each at Ampang and Bukit Teratai toll plazas from October 15

    SUKE Highway toll rates for various vehicle classes; click to enlarge

    With the official opening of Phase 1 of the SUKE last month, users of the new highway with Malaysia’s first helicoidal ramp have been given free passage for a period of one month from its opening at midday of September 16, 2022.

    A total of 14 interchanges feature along the main line length of the SUKE, or 57.7 km if including the lengths of all interchanges; 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. As mentioned, the stretch that is now open is from Cheras-Kajang (on the Grand Saga, near Plaza Phoenix) to Bukit Antarabangsa.

    More recently, highway concessionaire Prolintas has also just opened the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Highway (DASH), which opened at midnight October 14, 2022 and will be toll-free until November 30, 2022.

    Over to you, dear readers; is the toll rate on the SUKE highway appropriate given the new convenience it brings, or more pricey than it is worth? Let us know in the comments section.

    GALLERY: SUKE Highway

     
     
  • SUKE Highway is open – brand new with beautiful sights but please don’t stop on the side to take photos

    SUKE Highway is open – brand new with beautiful sights but please don’t stop on the side to take photos

    So the brand new Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) is open, and it’s certainly an interesting highway to check out. It connects major roads, bypassing traffic choke points, and it’s also high up, giving fantastic views of the KL city skyline.

    But as expected, the latter is attracting people to stop to take in the sights, as seen in these photos courtesy of reader Nic Wang.

    While yes, it definitely would be nice to get a good shot of yourself, your vehicle or your family from the newly minted vantage point, it can also be a very dangerous exercise. Because doing so would require you to stop on the emergency lane, which should only be occupied in, well, emergencies. More commonly, it’s also the very lane motorcyclists ride on.

    SUKE Highway is open – brand new with beautiful sights but please don’t stop on the side to take photos

    While blocking the emergency lane is one thing, coming out to take photos risks yourself being mowed down by other motorists. As unlikely as that may sound, remember that the new highway is already quite busy (especially in the first month while it’s free!), and that while trying to frame up the perfect shot, you’re also likely to move backwards into the driving lanes.

    Add to this the high probability that you may also have other drivers and riders trying to photograph the view while on the move, not paying full attention to what’s in front of them. Then, there’s the fact that the new highway’s unique layout and corners – many have likened it to Tokyo’s Shuto Expressway – have also attracted drivers/riders to “test power.” It only takes a few minor mishaps to stack up to a major accident. It’s just not worth the risk.

    SUKE Highway is open – brand new with beautiful sights but please don’t stop on the side to take photos

    If you really, really want that shot, know that SUKE developer Prolintas is already planning an elevated R&R facility at Tasik Tambahan, which will be open to the public. This eventual “SUKE Lookout Point” will feature F&B outlets and of course, a full panoramic view of the KL skyline. There, you can take your own sweet time getting that perfect shot, without risking your life.

    If we continue stopping on the shoulders on SUKE, it will only be a matter of time before it gets the full attention of the police, like what happened to Malaysia’s now-infamous New Zealand stretch, the Temiang-Pantai road in Negeri Sembilan. That’s now a special PDRM patrol zone following numerous unfortunate incidents caused by motorists stopping to take in the view.

     
     
  • SUKE highway officially launched – Cheras-Ampang Phase 1 open to public Sept 16, toll-free in first month

    SUKE highway officially launched – Cheras-Ampang Phase 1 open to public Sept 16, toll-free in first month

    The Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) has been officially launched by senior works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who announced that the new highway will be open to the public at noon tomorrow (September 16).

    For now, the fully-completed Phase 1 will be accessible. This 16.6 km long stretch spans from the unmissable signature Cheras-Kajang interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa. The portion from Sri Petaling and Kesas (where Endah Parade is) to Cheras-Kajang will open at a later date.

    The toll fare for the SUKE highway has yet to be announced, however passage is toll-free for one month from its opening tomorrow. The SUKE has three toll plazas – Alam Damai, Bukit Teratai and Ampang. The latter two are in the first phase that is now open.

    SUKE highway officially launched – Cheras-Ampang Phase 1 open to public Sept 16, toll-free in first month

    Click to enlarge map

    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. As mentioned, the stretch that is now open is from Cheras-Kajang (on the Grand Saga, near Plaza Phoenix) to 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.

    Concessionaire Prolintas (which also has AKLEH, Guthrie, LKSA and the upcoming DASH in its highway portfolio) says that 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.

    Malaysia’s first helicoidal ramp at Cheras-Kajang interchange – click to enlarge

    SUKE isn’t just useful, but it’s unique. The 90% elevated highway has a couple of first-in-Malaysia features and a nice viewpoint. We’ve already detailed Malaysia’s first helicoidal ramp, a spiral that goes two loops at the Cheras-Kajang interchange before joining the highway. This was done out of necessity – full story here.

    You’ll be joining the SUKE at its highest section. At 56.4 metres tall, equivalent to an 18-storey building, this is the third highest elevated road in Malaysia, after Penang’s Bukit Kukus paired road and the Rawang Bypass. The elevated segmented box girder that spans the crossing is also the highest superstructure so far in Malaysia – again, this was born out of necessity.

    As you head towards Ampang from the CKE interchange, the KL skyline is on your left, and the hills are on your right. At Tasik Tambahan, an elevated site on the hill has been earmarked for an R&R with F&B outlets, sort of like a “SUKE Lookout Point” with a panoramic view of KL.

    Another unique feature is at the Jalan Ampang area, where the bifurcated (split) structure design allows sunlight to reach the Ampang River, which has also been straightened. Sunlight is necessary for a healthy river ecosystem, so this is a good move even if it costs more. Under the highway structure is a linear park with a 1.6 km jogging trail.

    Future hillside R&R with KL view and bifurcated structure for Ampang River – click to enlarge

    Another unique SUKE feature is the imposing double-deck structure at Alam Damai in Cheras, where each tier heads in a different direction. This structure is in Phase 2, which will open at a later date.

    The SUKE highway concession began on December 25, 2014 and will end on December 24, 2069, spanning a period of 55 years.

    Outside of the SUKE, Prolintas has also upgraded the Jalan Ampang stretch that runs below the new highway, as well as rebuilt buildings affected by the construction. Roads in the hilly and accident-prone Hulu Langat area were also upgraded with a new system and less severe gradient – we’ve detailed all the impact-minimising and CSR initiatives here, along with eco-friendly measures such as Green Building Index (GBI) features for the toll plazas and full LED lighting (SUKE is 100% lighted) here.

    For more on the signature helicoidal ramp, the highway’s highest point and the scenic future hillside R&R – click here. Does the SUKE benefit you? If yes, how does it fit in your daily commute and what do you think of the time gained vs the toll fare? Cheras and Kajang residents, what’s your view?

     
     
  • SUKE highway improves Jln Ampang stretch below it

    SUKE highway improves Jln Ampang stretch below it

    When it comes to highways, it’s the luck of the draw. Everyone will feel for the residential areas immediately below elevated roads – Sri Petaling residents opposing the MEX come to mind – more noise, more dust, you name it. But sometimes, it really is for greater good. Once again, look at MEX.

    If new highways are inevitable, the least a concessionaire can do is to minimise impact on areas where the highway cuts through. Prolintas – the company behind the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) that will be officially launched tonight – was keen to highlight its efforts in this department. Some are highway features, some are CSR initiatives.

    In yesterday’s media briefing and tour, we saw plenty of noise barriers installed on the sides of the SUKE, which is 90% elevated. According to Prolintas, 18.9 km of noise barriers have been placed on the highway (total, both bounds), covering 37 areas of residential areas, schools and colleges, commercial areas, places of worship, police and army quarters and the Ampang LRT station.

    But the most visible improvement is along the Jalan Ampang stretch that has SUKE running above it. This very busy road now has three lanes on each side (from two) and Prolintas group CEO Datuk Mohammad Azlan Abdullah said that the SUKE acts as a canopy for Jalan Ampang – motorcyclists can now ride on this road sheltered, rain or shine.

    Obvious road improvement aside, Prolintas also rebuilt affected buildings including the traffic police quarters and IPD Ampang Jaya, the house of Penghulu Ampang and Surau An-Najah in Taman Dato Razali. The new buildings are also upgrades, Mohd Azlan said. The office and staff quarters of the Pejabat Hutan Daerah Selangor Tengah are currently under construction.

    Also in the area is the highway’s bifurcated (split) structure design that allows sunlight to reach the Ampang River, which has also been straightened. Sunlight is necessary for a healthy river ecosystem, so this is a good move even if it costs more. Under the highway structure is a linear park with a 1.6 km jogging trail, which benefits the local community.

    SUKE highway improves Jln Ampang stretch below it

    Away from the Jalan Ampang area, Prolintas also upgraded the local roads in the Hulu Langat area, which the SUKE passes. The hilly section with steep up and downs have seen many accidents over the years, but safety has been improved via a one-way system and less severe gradients. A section of the MRR2 beneath SUKE was also upgraded.

    In the environmental department, the highway’s toll plazas adopt Green Building Index (GBI) measures such as rainwater harvesting, permeable surfaces and solar panels. The 24.4 km SUKE is 100% lighted, and all the lights (3,377 in total) are LEDs, which are brighter and more energy efficient. Some trees were sacrificed in the making of the highway, but Prolintas has in return planted 14,000 saplings on 11.33 hectares at the Sungai Besi Forest Reserve.

    Last but definitely not least is the concessionaire’s efforts in engaging residents in surrounding areas that would be affected by highway’s construction. Prolintas says that it gave free car washes and health checks to residents living along the SUKE alignment, plus equipment to schools. The company also sponsored education and health community programmes for the B40, as well as festive celebrations. Goes some way in soothing their grievances, perhaps.

    SUKE highway improves Jln Ampang stretch below it

    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 stretch that will be opened very soon is Phase 1, from Cheras-Kajang to 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. The highway has three toll plazas – Alam Damai, Bukit Teratai and Ampang. The latter two are in the first phase that will be opened soon.

    Mohd Azlan says that 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. Klang Valley’s latest highway will be launched tonight, and the works minister will be announcing the opening time and date, as well as the toll fares. For now, details and description of the SUKE’s landmark features are here, with drone shots.

     
     
  • Works minister to launch SUKE highway tomorrow night, will announce Phase 1 opening date, toll fares

    Works minister to launch SUKE highway tomorrow night, will announce Phase 1 opening date, toll fares

    The Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) will open to the public very soon. How soon? Senior works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof will officiate the new RM5.7 billion highway tomorrow night (September 15), and at the launch event, he will announce the time and date that Phase 1 of the SUKE will open to the public.

    Will there be a toll-free introductory period? We’ll know tomorrow night, including the toll fares for the 24.4 km highway connecting Sungai Besi to Ulu Kelang in the Klang Valley.

    By the way, when SUKE opens to the public in the very near future, only the fully-completed Phase 1 will be accessible. We sampled this stretch in a media briefing today, from the unmissable signature Cheras-Kajang interchange to the Bukit Antarabangsa end point. The portion from Sri Petaling (Kesas, where Endah Parade is) to Cheras-Kajang will open at a later date.

    The Cheras-Kajang interchange is near Plaza Phoenix and features Malaysia’s first helicoidal ramp. From the Cheras-Kajang Expressway (CKE) a.k.a Grand Saga, you enter SUKE via a spiral that goes two loops before you reach the top and join the highway – this reminds me of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge and some bridges in China.

    This spiral ramp a novelty, but it was done out of necessity. The SUKE is at its highest point when it crosses the CKE and MRT Kajang Line, and a direct and straight ramp would be way too steep. The typical highway interchange loop as seen on the PLUS and elsewhere requires a big piece of land. From above, you can see that the helicoidal ramp is bound by a condominium block and a landed housing area with not a lot of buffer – this was the only way.

    Speaking of height, Cheras and Kajang residents would know how high the SUKE section that crosses the CKE is. At 56.4 metres tall, equivalent to an 18-storey building, this is actually the third highest elevated road in Malaysia, after Penang’s Bukit Kukus paired road and the Rawang Bypass. I’d say that this is more dramatic than those two roads as there’s a busy highway and train line underneath. The elevated segmented box girder that spans the crossing is also the highest superstructure so far in Malaysia – again, this was out of necessity.

    Works minister to launch SUKE highway tomorrow night, will announce Phase 1 opening date, toll fares

    As you head towards Ampang from the CKE interchange, the KL skyline is on your left, and the hills are on your right. One particular section – Tasik Tambahan – is perfect for an R&R area, and indeed, this is in Prolintas’ plans. The elevated site on the hill has been earmarked, and the eventual facility will have F&B outlets. Think of this as a “SUKE Lookout Point”, a breezy hang out spot with a panoramic view of KL.

    Another unique SUKE feature is at the Jalan Ampang area, where the bifurcated (split) structure design allows sunlight to reach the Ampang River, which has also been straightened. Sunlight is necessary for a healthy river ecosystem, so this is a good move even if it costs more. Under the highway structure is a linear park with a 1.6 km jogging trail. If I remember correctly, there’s a stretch on the AKLEH (near the Saloma Bridge) that also features split roads with the river in the middle, and AKLEH is also a Prolintas highway.

    Last but not least in the list of unique SUKE features is the imposing double-deck structure at Alam Damai in Cheras, where each tier heads in a different direction. We didn’t get to see this for ourselves up close as this structure is in Phase 2, which will open at a later date.

    Works minister to launch SUKE highway tomorrow night, will announce Phase 1 opening date, toll fares

    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. As mentioned, the stretch that will be opened very soon is from Cheras-Kajang to Bukit Antarabangsa.

    The usefulness of a highway also depends on how it connects with existing highways and trunk roads, and SUKE is very connected. The Middle Ring Road 2 (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.

    The highway has three toll plazas – Alam Damai, Bukit Teratai and Ampang. The latter two are in the first phase that will be opened soon. Fares? We’ll know tomorrow night.

    Works minister to launch SUKE highway tomorrow night, will announce Phase 1 opening date, toll fares

    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 traffic jams, and if the projections are accurate, everyone benefits.

    SUKE, which is 90% elevated, has to be one of the most fascinating highways in Malaysia, and I had my face glued to the bus windows the whole time. Driving enthusiasts will also be salivating; just look at those curves. We tried our best to capture the new highway in all its empty glory – check out our drone shots of the SUKE’s helicoidal ramp at the Cheras-Kajang interchange as well as the scenic “lookout point” where the future R&R will be at.

    Stay tuned for the opening date and fares. For now, more on the SUKE here. Check out the map – will this new highway fit into your daily commute? If yes, how?

     
     
  • SUKE opening soon – 24.4 km elevated highway; Sri Petaling-Ulu Kelang; less traffic on MRR2, Jln Ampang

    SUKE opening soon – 24.4 km elevated highway; Sri Petaling-Ulu Kelang; less traffic on MRR2, Jln Ampang

    Measuring 24.4 km in length from Sri Petaling to Ulu Kelang, the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) represents the next generation of Malaysia’s expressways when it is launched soon.

    Set to be an iconic elevated highway in Malaysia when completed, the expressway features a 56.4-metre-tall segmental box girder bridge – the highest superstructure ever built in the Klang Valley. The elevated bridge, which spans the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line and the Cheras-Kajang Expressway (Grand Saga), has already earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records.

    That’s not the only record awarded to SUKE, as the other is the country’s first helicoidal (spiralled) ramp located near the Cheras-Kajang interchange. The unique section of the expressway also received the Malaysian Highway Authority’s (LLM) Dynamic Highway Design recognition.

    SUKE opening soon – 24.4 km elevated highway; Sri Petaling-Ulu Kelang; less traffic on MRR2, Jln Ampang

    With these features, motorists will be able to enjoy a memorable driving experience while using SUKE, but there’s also something for architecture fans. Another unique feature of SUKE, which has 90% of its route elevated, is the bifurcated (split) structure design that allows sunlight to penetrate through to the Ampang River, with a linear park located under the highway structure that has a 1.6-km walking/jogging trail.

    Of course, the main purpose of a highway is to promote connectivity, and SUKE delivers as there are 14 dedicated interchanges along its route at 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.

    SUKE also connects to a ring of existing networked highways, running parallel to the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) and Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2). The expressway is also linked to the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway (KL-Seremban), Sungai Besi Expressway (BESRAYA), Grand Saga, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) and Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE).

    Besides providing motorists with greater travelling alternatives, SUKE will also help reduce congestion along MRR2 by 30%, Jalan Ampang by 36% and Jalan Loke Yew by 12% during peak hours. This is thanks to its three-lane dual carriageway design, with each lane measuring 3.5 metres wide to handle the large volume of vehicles expected.

    Other features of SUKE are two lay-by areas, a single rest and service (R&S) area at Tasik Tambahan as well as three toll plazas, which includes the tallest multi-tier toll plaza complex in the country. This will be located on a double-deck structure at Alam Damai, with other toll plazas being at Bukit Teratai and Ampang. With more motorists switching to electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia, SUKE will also feature six EV charging stations along its route to support users of zero-emission vehicles.

    “Completion and the opening of SUKE will have a profound impact on efforts to alleviate congestion and improve traffic flow, particularly in the eastern part of Kuala Lumpur,” said Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings (PROLINTAS) group CEO Datuk Mohammad Azlan Abdullah.

    SUKE opening soon – 24.4 km elevated highway; Sri Petaling-Ulu Kelang; less traffic on MRR2, Jln Ampang

    “It will provide motorists with greater travelling alternatives, seamless connectivity and better accessibility especially at the 14 dedicated interchanges along the SUKE route,” he added. PROLINTAS’ subsidiary, Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi Ulu Klang, is responsible for building SUKE, with construction of the RM5.7 billion project beginning in 2016.

    Safety is another important consideration of the expressway, and the route will feature a three-metre-wide emergency lane in addition to the three regular lanes. There will also 40 CCTV units along the route, with each being installed on an integrated pole that houses the CCTV system, an emergency telephone and a vehicle detection sensor – this makes up part of the traffic control and surveillance system.

    To minimise the expressway’s impact on the environment and promote sustainability, SUKE is built and certified with the Green Building Index (GBI) green rating system. Besides solar panels, the expressway has a rainwater harvesting system and low e-glass panels to minimise the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light from entering its multi-tier Alam Damai toll plaza.

     
     
 
 
 

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