The SPRINT Highway (E23)

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ENHANCEMENTS
  Completed
 
 
 
 

Completed Enhancements

Lebuh Raya SPRINT provides three links in its alignment to meet these objectives. These three links are the Kerinchi Link, the Damansara Link and Penchala Link.

 
Kerinchi Link (11.5 km)
The Kerinchi Link connects the NKVE and the KL North East Expressway in the north, and then East-West Link and the Federal Highway in the south. The Kerinchi Link will be the critical intermediate ring road between MRR I and MRR II, needed to relieve city congestion by allowing motorist another ring road to bypass the city roads. The Kerinchi Link cuts through from the Federal Highway to Damansara Link, giving motorists a much better alternative than the ever-congested route of Jalan Dato’ Abu Bakar in Section 16, Petaling Jaya. By using the Kerinchi Link, users can enjoy a smooth flow drive which takes only five minutes from the Federal Highway to Damansara Link, which otherwise takes about 30 minutes through Jalan Dato’ Abu Bakar. Motorists can also reach the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) from the Federal Highway using the Kerinchi Link, passing through the Desa Hartamas Township.
 

 

 
Damansara Link (9.5 km)
The Damansara Link upgrades and widens the existing Jalan Damansara by replacing 6 nos. of existing traffic light junction with multi-tier interchange system. This will substantially increase traffic capacity and significantly reduce travel time. In terms of connectivity, the Damansara Link connects Semantan and Kayu Ara, cutting travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Tun Dr Ismail from 40 minutes to a mere 20 minutes.
 

 

 
Penchala Link (5.5 km)
The Penchala Link is a new link that will connect the Lebuh Raya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) in the west to Jalan Bukit Kiara at Mont Kiara in the east. The Penchala Link will provide motorists a new direct link to Kuala Lumpur and will no longer need to commute along the congested Jalan Damansara or Jalan Kepong, or the NKVE route to Kuala Lumpur. It will serve as a main spine road and catalyst for growth in the west of Kuala Lumpur.
 

There are 13 interchanges on Lebuh Raya SPRINT, which are Penchala, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Mont Kiara, Duta, Sri Hartamas, Intan, Kayu Ara, Section 17, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Bypass, Kiara, Maarof, Semantan and Kerinchi. There are also three Toll Plazas on the Lebuh Raya SPRINT, one on each of the Links which are Pantai Toll Plaza on Kerinchi Link, Jalan Damansara Toll Plaza on Damansara Link and Bukit Kiara Toll Plaza on Penchala Link.

This RM1.3 billion SPRINT highway also provides three kilometres of toll-free road as an alternative to the residents who live in Section 16 and 17 in Petaling Jaya. In addition, the SPRINT Highway is equipped with 18 close circuit televisions (CCTV) at some critical juntions. Another 14 CCTVs are placed on the Penchala Tunnel. The presence of these CCTVs has enabled traffic controllers to monitor live traffic situation to spot accident or vehicle breakdown. Considering that it cannot afford to have too many lanes for the toll collection, the Manual Tandem System has been installed at its toll booth to hasten the toll collection process. Where safety is concerned, the Kerinchi Link is the only highway in Malaysia equipped with ‘Speed Indicator Display’ (SID) to remind the drivers in the event they are exceeding speed limit.

Lebuh Raya SPRINT is landscaped in line with the Government’s “Landscaping The Nation” guidelines, the purpose of which is to green and beautify the highway. Lebuh Raya SPRINT has been planted with trees and shrubs on side-shoulders, medians, and around interchanges and toll plazas. Lebuh Raya SPRINT’s landscaping programme was implemented on a relocate-and-grow during construction concept. This method is adopted to maximise the relocating and transplanting of the existing greenery and landscaping and also to minimise disruption to the environment and will not be relocated based on the guidelines of the authorities.

Kerinchi Link is the first double deck highway structure in Malaysia with the northbound traffic on the lower deck and the southbound traffic on the upper deck with a toll plaza on each deck. The toll plaza is staggered to provide for additional toll lanes. For instance, the Kerinchi Link and Damansara Link, both opened in 2001, have a total of 14km of viaduct and 10 elevated interchanges. Both links are equipped with noise barrier to reduce the noise level from affecting residents who live close to the highway.

Penchala Tunnel is the true icon of SPRINT Highway . The 700 meter tunnel is located between Kiara Interchange and TTDI Interchange on Penchala Link and is the widest in Malaysia so far. It has three lanes on each bound and is designed with grandeur Moorish architecture. Interestingly, the RM150 million tunnel is also fitted with 14 jet fans to blow the smoke out of the tunnel, intelligent lighting system, emergency platform, three cross passages (to be used in case of fire or emergency in the tunnel), CCTVs and emergency telephones. To avoid water from leaking, the tunnel was furnished with a water proofing membrane during its construction. This tunnel will minimise the land take and minimise the disruption to the environment during construction, i.e., the best way to preserve the ecology and environment in the area.

With the completion of Lebuh Raya SPRINT, the much needed road network to relieve congestion and to cater for increase traffic in the west of Kuala Lumpur is now available. It will also spur growth and developments in the west of Kuala Lumpur. With its grand design and latest technology, it is no surprise that the SPRINT Highway has always gained admiration from foreign delegations who wish to learn more about the construction and operation of urban highways.

Pavement Rehabilitation

- Embarked in 2011
- Cost at RM17 mil over 5 years (2010-2015)
- The first phase will cover 10% from the total length of the highway (28.3km)
- Major repair works is at Federal Highway at Kerinchi Interchange

 

 

 
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