Kuala Lumpur Smart Tunnel To Open May 14

May 9, 2007

The Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) will be open to traffic at 1.30pm on May 14, according to Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, works minister of Kuala Lampur.

The minister told the Malaysian National News Agency that the six-kilometer road tunnel, which was originally scheduled to be opened on April 9, had to be postponed because the bottom part of the tunnel was not fully completed.

The RM1.9 billion (US$558 Million) project began in January 2003 and is made up of a 10km storm water tunnel along with a double-deck motorway tunnel.

The tunnel will link Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Davis to the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway, near the Royal Malaysian Air Force base. The new tunnel will shorten the time taken by road users going to the city center to between five and 10 minutes, instead of the 40 minutes it could take during peak hours.

The toll for the tunnel is still being discussed by the cabinet, and will be announced a month after the SMART tunnel is open to the public.

Source: Malaysian National News Agency