Faster travel for southbound motorists to city centre via SMART Motorway
Kuala Lumpur, May 15: SMART (Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel) today opened its motorway to road users and will offer `a one-month toll free period’ effective today.
The opening ceremony was officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Haji Azmi bin Khalid, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and YB Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu, Minister of Works, at the SMART Toll Supervision building along Jalan Sg. Besi.
SMART offers motorists a speedy alternative to the Golden Triangle district via a newly built expansion to Jalan Sultan Ismail and for southbound motorists entering and exiting the capital business district.
Strategically aligned along the southern gateway, SMART acts as an alternative route for the existing Jalan Sungei Besi. Entry and exit points along Jalan Davis and Jalan Tun Razak (near the Kg. Pandan roundabout) will link to Jalan Sungei Besi and ease traffic congestion from the south (KL-Seremban Highway) and west (Federal Highway).
To ensure smooth traffic operations, single file and one-way traffic flow of vehicles are made possible with the use of SMART’s two-decks: one for motorists entering and the other for exiting the city centre.
The uniqueness of the SMART motorway comes from its Automated Flood Control Gates on either end of the motorway tunnel which converts the system into a flood tunnel to divert flood water from its holding basin and storage reservoir into the Sungai Kerayong and back into Sungai Klang.
Other features such as the use of cross passages between decks at 250m intervals for emergency exits, ventilation or escape shafts at 1km intervals, and powerful air ventilators to renew and maintain air quality make the motorway very different from that of normal highways or motorways.
For tunnel safety, 24-hour patrols and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) are routed to SMART’s Command Centre. Other essentials such as fire fighting equipment, first aid and emergency phones are made available in case of emergencies.
SMART is to date equipped with one of the highest safety standards for tunnel motorway operations in the country. Other operational features such as Touch’n Go facilities and access to wireless devices such as FM radio signals and mobile phones provide added convenience for users.
The SMART project, which commenced works in early 2003, is a first of its kind dual purpose system designed to alleviate overflowing floodwater and doubles as a motorway in the middle section of the tunnel.
Final phase for the SMART project will be the official opening of the stormwater tunnel targeted in June 2007, which acts as a bypass channel for floodwater at the confluence of the Klang and Ampang rivers into a storage reservoir in Taman Desa, before being discharged into Sg. Kerayong.
SMART which costs a total of RM1.93 billion was a project initiated by the Federal Government through the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia (“JPS”) and the Malaysian Highway Authority (“LLM”) and is operated by a joint venture pact between MMC Berhad and Gamuda Berhad, called Syarikat Mengurus Air Banjir & Terowong Sdn Bhd.