Road upgrade to benefit Bukit Mertajam folk



THE ongoing road widening and drainage upgrade project in Jalan Kulim in Bukit Mertajam is expected to be completed by Aug 19.

Berapit assemblyman Heng Lee Lee said the project involving 304 metres stretch of road opposite Taman Tenang was part of the master plan to develop the whole 7.7km stretch of Jalan Kulim. It is undertaken by Belmont Group of Companies.

“The upgrade is to widen Jalan Kulim from the existing two lanes to four, to accommodate the increase of traffic in the area.

“We also have to take care of the coming St Anne celebrations which will start in July, where numerous stalls will be set up along Jalan Kulim confronting the church.

“For this, the stretch of road will be resurfaced with a layer of sand and vinyl core,” Heng told a press conference held on May 30 at the GTM Property’s office in Jalan Kulim.

Also present was Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) councillor Bernard Cheen Goon Hooi.

Heng added that the main project for the road widening involved three phases, with the first phase from the Kulim border area to Petronas petrol station in Jalan Kulim, starting in 2020 pending approval of plans set.

Meanwhile, Cheen said a culvert has also been constructed in conjunction with the drainage upgrade project to minimise the occurrence of flash floods in the area.

The road widening and drainage upgrade project is jointly handled by MPSP, Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS), Public Works Department (JKR) and the developer involved.

Story by Danny Ooi
Pix by Joanne Foong