Conduct study on cracks, MHA urged

Site visit: Dr Kow (third from left), Gobind (fourth from left) and Bhavani (fifth from left) checking on the cracks at the base of the interchange with some others.

DAMANSARA-Puchong Expressway (LDP) concessionaire Litrak has assured users of the Puchong-Jaya Interchange that it is safe to use.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Selangor MCA Youth chief Dr Kow Cheong Wei visited the area with the LDP concessionaire’s communications manager Bhavani Krishna Iyer after receiving calls from concerned road users, mainly Puchong residents.

“They are worried after reading about the cracks at the base of the interchange in The Star Metro today.

“I suggest that the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) officials, who were at the site yesterday, conduct an independent study on this matter as the interchange is always busy and we don’t want a tragedy to occurr,” Gobind said.

Dr Kow said many of those who called to ask about the cracks were youngsters.

“This is a technical issue, the concessionaire should take responsibility and give an explanation as well as ensure the safety of the public.

Bhavani said Litrak had submitted a report to the MHA.

“The cracks are caused by temperature change and are a normal occurrence.

“These are actually hairline cracks and we had to make grooves to make the cracks wider in order to pump in epoxy.

“Hence, what you see is a magnified version of the actual cracks.

“The cracks were discovered by our consultants months ago during a routine check and they recommended maintenance repair work which was carried out in March and completed in May. We are still painting the area.” she added.

When asked about the cost incurred, she said this had yet to be worked out as work was still being carried out.

“The details given by the blogger are not accurate. As a responsible blogger, the person should have verified with us as the e-mail has instilled public fear,” she said.

The interchange was built in 2004 and opened for public use in 2006.

For more information, visit Litrak’s website or contact Bhavani at or call 03-7494 7011.