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Lane closure at Billion roundabout due to cracks found in MRR2 pier heads

Lane closure at Billion roundabout due to cracks found in MRR2 pier heads

Tasneem Nazari

If you thought traffic couldn’t get worse on the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2), boy were you wrong.

In a statement today (Aug 14), The Public Works Department (JKR) said that the slip road leading from Ampang to the Billion/Cheras roundabout on the MRR2 has been narrowed to just one lane.

The reason? Cracks.

JKR’s forensic department found cracks on one of the pier heads at the slip road during an inspection on July 23.

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Hence, the ramp has been narrowed to accommodate only one lane to reduce weight on the ramp as a safety measure.

“The single lane at the exit ramp will be maintained for four months until detailed investigations and repairs works are completed.”

JKR via The Sun Daily

A quick check of the traffic conditions on the ramp at the time of writing revealed really bad congestion.

Picture credit: Google Maps

FYI, this isn’t the first time cracks have been found on the frequently used highway.

In 2004, the MRR2 Kepong flyover was closed when hairline cracks appeared on several tiers supporting the elevated road.

Picture credit: UTM

Fortunately, the flyover was reportedly not in danger of collapsing. However, JKR decided to take the safest option and closed the road anyway.

Picture credit: UTM

The road closure led to thousands of motorists getting caught in a traffic crawl from Batu Caves to the Jalan Kepong interchange.

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