The project to ease traffic congestion in eastern Kuala Lumpur that has been on going for 6 years has finally seen the completion of Phase 1 of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE).
According to The Star, the Phase 1 of the expressway will officially open to public use on Malaysia Day at 16 September noon.
The good news was announced by Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof at the official opening ceremony at Bukit Teratai toll plaza.
At the same time, he also announced that motorists would get to enjoy toll-free travel for one month on this expressway beginning 16 September.
“This road will help ease the congestion along roads such as the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) and Jalan Loke Yew, among others, while creating some laudable engineering landmarks,” he said.
Phase 1 of SUKE stretches for 16.6km from the Cheras-Kajang interchange to the Bukit Antarabangsa interchange and is expected to reduce the travelling time from Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) and Jalan Loke Yew from 75 minutes to 25 minutes.
As of now, Phase 1 of SUKE will have 7 exits and entrances, namely Tasek Tambahan, Permai, Taman Kosas, Pekan Ampang, Ampang Point, Taman Hillview, and Bukit Antarabangsa.
It will also have 2 toll plazas, which are the Bukit Teratai and the Ampang toll gate.
When fully completed by the first quarter of next year, the SUKE expressway will start from Seri Petaling, connecting the Kesas Expressway, all the way to Jalan Hulu Kelang.
There will be 14 interchanges connecting motorists with the KL-Seremban Expressway, the Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), the Cheras-Kajang Expressway (CKE), MRR2, the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Expressway (Akleh), and the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE).
SUKE will also be connected to the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE), which is currently under construction.
Meanwhile, the expressway will be monitored by 40 CCTVs and will be equipped with 22 emergency phones, along with the 22 devices that form part of the automated vehicle accident detection system that alerts the operator to abnormal events, including breakdowns and accidents along the expressway.