KUALA LUMPUR – Phase two of the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) connecting the east and west of the capital city via a 16km link is currently 91 per cent complete.
Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur (KL) Sdn Bhd (Kesturi) director, Zakaria Shaffie said with another nine per cent to go, the long-awaited expressway would be able to be completed by the year-end, and would be fully operational in early 2017.
“The remaining works comprising the construction of the elevated structure for the expressway, is expected to be completed soon,” he told reporters during a technical visit to DUKE with participants of the 2nd International Road Federation (IRF) Regional Asia Congress and Exhibition 2016, here, today.
“DUKE 2 will surely benefit the city dwellers, especially Segambut and Sungai Buloh residents, and we believe that with the expressway we can reduce traffic on the local roads by 20 per cent,” he said.
The RM1.18 billion DUKE Phase 2 project, comprising two additional links, namely Tun Razak Link (TR link) and Sri Damansara Link (SD Link), will be connected to the existing DUKE 1, and the construction began in December, 2013.
The 7km SD Link from the Menjalara Interchange at Bandar Menjalara and ends at the Segambut Interchange at Jalan Segambut is expected to reduce travelling time to 12 minutes.
The 9km TR Link is from Jalan Tun Razak near Kuala Lumpur Hospital to the Sentul Pasar Interchange at Jalan Gombak.
Zakaria said the DUKE 2 project would also consist of constructing the park-and-ride (PnR) facility in Segambut.
Currently, DUKE 1 which connects the eastern side of the Klang Valley near Taman Hillview and Hulu Kelang to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly known as Jalan Duta), was opened in 2009.
Zakaria said from next year, DUKE would also convert its toll system to a new system of payment called ‘Radio Frequency Identification System’ (RFID), but he declined to elaborate.
Twenty delegates from countries such as Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan went for the site visit. – BERNAMA