Friday March 1, 2013
‘PLUS not responsible for flyover’s maintenance’
By STEVEN DANIEL and LEE YEN MUN
CYBERJAYA: Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS) has refuted PKNS claims that it was responsible for maintaining the flyover near Cyber-jaya that collapsed yesterday.
It said the flyover near the Selangor Science Park 2 Interchange that was built by PKNS, was never handed over to it to be maintained.
“It was built by PKNS and continued to be under the purview of PKNS till today,” it said in a statement.
It said the flyover was closed after it was deemed unsafe after a site visit by the Works Minister on Dec 7, and Malaysia Highway Authority (MHA) had diverted traffic at the interchange between the Putrajaya toll plaza and Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, on the Lingkaran Putrajaya stretch.
The flyover collapsed at noon yesterday, but no one was injured. However, a large water pipe which ran alongside it was damaged resulting in thousands of litres of water gushing out.
PKNS general manager Othman Omar had earlier said that the project, which started in 2007 and completed two years later, was handed over to PLUS and MHA in March last year.
“When we handed over the flyover to Plus, it was still in good condition but in November, the road was deemed unsafe due to the soft swamp soil and a contractor was appointed to dig up the road and apply a new layer of tar below the flyover,” he said.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Shazi-man Abu Mansor, in a statement, said in December, MHA had discovered some movement on one of the pillars supporting the flyover.
“I visited the site and after being briefed on the project, we decided to close the flyover as the safety of motorists must not be compromised,” he said, adding that the flyover was supposed to be closed until the end of the year.
Following yesterday's incident, Othman said PKNS would set up a technical committee to identify the cause of the collapse.
Othman said clean-up work at the site would take about three weeks and full restoration of the collapsed flyover could take up to eight months at a cost of between RM6mil and RM7mil.
ELITE highway users heading towards Putrajaya or Cyberjaya are advised to exit the highway via the Saujana Putra Interchange before entering the SKVE highway to Putrajaya/Cyberjaya.
For more information, contact the Malaysian Highway Authority at 1800 88 7752 or visit www.plus.com.my.