KUALA LUMPUR – The Banting, Selangor-Taiping, Perak highway project is 35 per cent completed and expected to be opened to traffic in 2019.
Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh said development of the 233-kilometre highway constructed in 2014, which comprised 11 phases, was progressing on schedule.
“Phase 4 of the project, from Federal Route to New North Klang Straits Bypass and phase 8, from Hutan Melintang to Teluk Intan are scheduled to be completed and opened in early 2019,” he told Bernama.
He said other phases were also expected to be fully completed by 2019, except for phase 7B involving the last 10 kilometres of the Tanjung Karang route and phase 11 involving the Changkat Jering/Taiping connection.
“We will try to open every completed route in stages,” he said.
Ismail said the project cost RM 5.04 billion, with RM980 million set aside for land acquisition handled by the concessionaire, West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd.
“This project will provide the best alternative route for road users in avoiding congestion particularly during festive seasons,” he said.
He said the highway would potentially spur economic growth in the west coast of the peninsula.