MALACCA: The Malacca Historic City Council (MBMB) will put into effect the first of an expected series of revamps to traffic flow to curb weekend and holiday season bottlenecks around the Malacca city centre.
This first phase, announced by mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin today, will see a switch to a two-way passage from one-way along Jalan Merdeka to Garden City and the addition of two traffic lights at the Jalan Banda Hilir-Garden City-Bukit Senjuang intersection.
The first phase of the revamp, done at a cost of just RM200,000 will also see traffic from the Garden City area not allowed to turn right, into Jalan Merdeka.
Meanwhile, light vehicles bound for Jalan Merdeka from the Garden City Road will be allowed to make u-turns at the breach, heavy vehicles will have to heed left and only make u-turns at the Pulau Melaka intersection or under the Syed Abdul Aziz Bridge to get to Melaka Raya.
These changes to traffic flow will take effect on Dec 1.
“This first phase is also in anticipation of the completion of the Hatten City project, where we expect an influx of about 4,000 more vehicles due to the number of apartments and hotels in that complex,” said Zainal.
Hatten City, expected to open in March, is a high rise complex with over 600 apartments spread over two blocks with over 1100 rooms put up by two hotels and a shopping mall, expected to become the centrepiece of the city centre from next year onwards.
“This first phase of changes to the traffic flow will be on a trial period of three months, after which we will decide whether it remains or further adjustments are needed.
“Changes to the traffic flow in other parts of Melaka Raya are also expected in due course,” said Zainal.