By-pass from Ayer Itam to Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu

Package 2

Interchanges
  1. Lebuhraya Thean Teik/Jalan Thean Teik

  2. Jalan Bukit Gambir

  3. Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

  4. Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu

Key Information
Total Length - 5.7 km*
*Calculation on main road starting from Lebuhraya Thean Teik to point Interchange 4*
At Grade road - 1.8 km
Elevated road - 3.9 km

This new road is a by-pass which offers an alternative route that connects the north-west and the south-east of Georgetown. It will ease the traffic congestion for the populated area in the vicinity of Ayer Itam and those travelling to and from the first Penang Bridge. The terrain that this road will be passing is also undulating, with the highest point at 110 metres near Menara Greenview. It will be passing through on the fringes of secondary forest and also urban areas. It has four (4) strategic interchanges that is being planned at:

  1. Lebuhraya Thean Teik/Jalan Thean Teik

  2. Jalan Bukit Gambir

  3. Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

  4. Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu

Benefits that can be derived from this new road

  1. Reduce travelling time from the present 40 minutes to a mere 5 minutes only.

  2. Provide accessibility to new developments without contributing to the already congested road that cannot be upgraded.

  3. It will reduce the pressure on the Jalan Masjid Negeri and Lorong Batu Lancang. Having this road will allow comprehensive flood mitigation works at these locations to be implemented without having to worry too much on the traffic snarl.   

Impacts  without this new road

  1. Most of the roads connecting Ayer Itam town and its conurbations has reached high traffic congestion levels between C (Lebuhraya Thean Teik) and F (along Jalan Ayer Itam, Lorong Batu Lanchang and Jalan Masjid Negeri). It is projected that most of the roads would have level of services of F between 2015 and 2020 and beyond.

  2. Longer traveling time and cost. Estimated travel cost from travel delays will deteriorate from RM12 per hour in 2014 to RM15 per hour in 2020.

  3. Aggravate negative social psychological and social well-being due to stress and tension while driving in traffic congestion.

  4. Increase economic loss and less public savings due to increase of fuel cost, longer traveling time, less effective-time spend with families. Furthermore, additional time loss from traffic congestion to employers and extra cost for parking.

  5. High insurance cost as road accidents is on the increasing trend that would cause individual costs and society costs.

  6. Limited alternative accessibility and connectivity has reduced the potential incoming of tourists into the town which have cost a decline in the potential economic enhancement which reduce the income of the local hospitality industry.

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