Access Road To Westport Described As ‘Death Road’

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PORT KLANG – The access road leading to Westport, here provides access for port
workers going to work and back daily, but it has now been referred to as the
‘death road’ in view of the many accident cases reported lately.

Members of the trade unions representing the port workers and container
drivers generally feel the 18km stretch of road leading to the port that handles
various types of cargo is in poor condition and accidents frequently occurred
which had caused fear to the port workers in going to their work place.

The secretary of the Selangor Container Drivers Association, Amat Safii
Karian, said the association had long suggested to the authorities such as the
Selangor state government and the Public Works Department (PWD) to build a
special lane for use by motorcyclists throughout the road leading to Westport,
but the suggestion had been ignored until today.

“We also feel that the road heading to Westport should be widened from two
lanes to four lanes for both directions to reduce the traffic congestion which
has become critical during the peak hours.

“The road going to Westport is too narrow to the extent that there is no
motorcycle lane and we, container drivers, sometimes could not avoid the
motorcyclists in front of us which posed a danger to their safety,” he said in
an exclusive interview with Bernama, here today.

“We in the association deeply regret about the road because Westport is the
main gate to the outside world for Malaysia’s business but the road
infrastructure is bad,” he said, adding that the association would hold a
meeting with the Klang Port Authority (LPK) concerning the road leading to
Westport in October 2015 and April this year.

Meanwhile, the president of the National Union of Food Industry Workers,
Matkar Siwang, said the traffic capacity for the access road to Westport could
no longer cater to the heavy traffic volume and the road should to be widened
now as it had become the focus of workers for the Port Klang Free Trade Zone
(PKFZ) and the Selangor Halal Hub, Pulau Indah.

He said the union had also written a letter to the district engineer on the
poor quality of the road and to speed up the construction of a motorcyce lane
along the route.

The president of the Westport Workers Union, Mohd Jani Kamis, said
infrastructural facilities such as street lights throughout the road should be
upgraded as the road was frequenty used by local and foreign tourists heading to
the Boustead Cruise Centre, Port Klang.

“Sometimes, our workers are afraid to use the Westport road because of the
darkness which could lead them to become robbery victims,” he said.

He said that last year alone, two security guards working in the Westport
area who rode motorcycles to work had died near the access road to Westport due
to the poor quality of the road.

Northport (M) Bhd Workers Union president, Mohd Zaidi Sanusi said a layby
for emergency stops to repair lorries which had broken down should be built
along the road leading to Westport besides speeding up the construction of a
special lane for motorcyclists.

Meanwhile, LPK said in a statement that the road leading to Westport, which
is the Lebuhraya Pulau Indah (FT 181) was under the supervision of the Public
Works Department and the PWD was the implementing and monitoring agency.
— BERNAMA

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