Trial run: The one-way system will take effect either at 12.01am or at 6am on Sunday.
The trial one-way system in Petaling Jaya will take effect this Sunday and mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad is keeping her staff on standby to ensure the plan works.
She said about 50 Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) enforcement officers and staff from the relevant departments such as engineering as well as the traffic police would be stationed along the trial route in Section 52 on Sunday.
“They will help facilitate traffic and ensure smooth flow.
“We will decide tomorrow (today) if the route will start at midnight or 6am on Sunday,
“The officers in charge will monitor the routes to ensure the change is implemented smoothly.
“They will be mostly stationed at eight locations along the loop,” she said.
When asked why two of the promised pedestrian crossings were still not ready, Alinah said both would be ready before the weekend.
The two pedestrian crossings — in Jalan Utara and Jalan Sultan — would be completed by tomorrow night.
“All the road realignment works for the one-way route should have been completed by Sept 30 but it was delayed because of the recent string of public holidays.
“Nevertheless, everything should be ready latest by this Friday night,” said the mayor.
She said that during the trial period, the pedestrian crossings would be the “speed table crossing” type.
“This type of crossing consists of emerged lines on the road. This will force motorists to slow down and pedestrians can cross safely.
“Once the trial period is over, we will build the push-button traffic light crossing,” she added.
The council has made arrangement with bus operators to follow the new planned route.
Alinah said the council was optimistic over the upcoming changes and would continue to monitor the situation and improve where necessary.
“We will analyse the one-way route and work on the weakness, if any,” she said.
During the trial period, buses from Kuala Lumpur heading to Shah Alam and Klang will enter Jalan Timur and proceed to Jalan Sultan and Jalan Barat before exiting to the Federal Highway. One bus-stop along the Federal Highway, near Armada Hotel, has been removed as a result of the altered route.
Buses from Shah Alam and Klang heading to Kuala Lumpur will enter Jalan Utara via an existing slip road and pass the transit bus stop near the Asia Jaya LRT station opposite Armada Hotel before going along Jalan Utara and exiting onto the Federal Highway.