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Friday, 17 November 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Jalan 14/19 to remain a one-way street

AFTER a one-month trial run of turning Jalan 14/19 Petaling Jaya into a one-way street, the city council has decided that it will remain as that.

The lane that connects Jalan 14/14 and Jalan 14/20 previously catered to two-way traffic.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) also designated 11 Smart Truck bays for food trucks along the same street, located between Pos Malaysia and Maybank.

Jalan 14/19 was made more congested and dangerous because of double-parked vehicles.

“During MBPJ’s Infrastructure and Traffic Committee meeting this week, the Engineering Department reported that it did not receive any complaints throughout the trial phase,” said councillor Lim Yi Wei.

“The feedback was that traffic flow was better and safer with the one-way phase,” she said.

“The reduced congestion at Jalan 14/19 also helped ease traffic from Digital Mall,” said Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv.

“I appreciate the markings drawn by MBPJ to demarcate the food truck bays and pedestrian walkway. With the one-way street, there is now sufficient space for food trucks and pedestrians, even if the walkway is temporarily obstructed by double-parked vehicles.”

He advised motorists to park their cars at the multi-storey parking above the MBPJ food court in the Section 14 commercial area as it was under-utilised despite having three floors.

On a suggestion to completely close off Jalan 14/19 to traffic, Lim said it did not merit a 24-hour closure.

“Based on our observation, traffic at Jalan 14/19 is heaviest during lunch hour, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

“A permanent closure will also worsen traffic choke points at McDonald’s and Digital Mall,” she said.

Rajiv said the one-way system was mooted due to feedback from residents and traders who were unhappy with the congestion and danger posed by inconsiderate drivers who parked haphazardly.