SEREMBAN: A toll plaza will be built about 4.5km north of the Seremban toll plaza to help reduce congestion at the existing exit here, Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor said.
He added that the present plaza was the first to be built some three decades ago when the North-South Expressway (NSE) was first opened.
“We need a new toll plaza as the existing one cannot cope with the volume of traffic. The existing toll plaza is also too close to the NSE, and when more vehicles enter Seremban, the queues will often cause a traffic snarl on the expressway,” he said after visiting the proposed site at Km267.5 of the NSE here yesterday.
He added that RM30mil would be used to acquire the land for the new toll plaza, which would cost RM160mil to build.
Shaziman said the new toll plaza will be located further away from the NSE and it would have more booths.
“I have also instructed the state Public Works Department to submit a proposal to upgrade the present plaza to ensure that there would be no traffic congestion into Seremban once the new toll plaza is opened,” he added.
Shaziman said the toll rates for motorists coming to the new toll plaza from Sungei Besi would be lower than the amount imposed at the Seremban plaza.
On a separate matter, Shaziman said Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS) had been told to proceed with widening works on four stretches of the NSE from three to four lanes.
They are the Shah Alam-Bukit Lanjan route (17km); Bukit Lanjan-Jln Duta (8km); Bukit Lanjan-Rawang (16km) and Nilai Utara-Seremban (23km).
“Although PLUS is undergoing a restructuring exercise, we want them to complete these projects quickly for the benefit of motorists.”
(Source: The Star)