Monday, January 24, 2022

Heavy rain forces highway closures in Klang Valley

The NKVE and ELITE highways as well as the Shah Alam and Bukit Raja toll plazas have all been affected.

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Several stretches of highway in the Klang Valley were blocked and toll plazas closed due to the heavy rain since yesterday which has caused floods and forced motorists to find alternative routes.

The Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) on Twitter named the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), and Shah Alam and Bukit Raja toll plazas.

According to an update at 6.07pm today, flooding at KM8.3 southbound on the NKVE from Shah Alam to Setia Alam had blocked all lanes, and a mandatory exit lane had been created at the Subang toll plaza.

All lanes northbound on the NKVE from Setia Alam to Shah Alam were also blocked.

Likewise, all lanes northbound and southbound at KM3.0 (Shah Alam/Seafield) on the ELITE were blocked.

Floods at KM8.7 northbound from Setia Alam to Shah Alam also forced the closure of all entry lanes at the Bukit Raja toll plaza since 3.36pm and at the Shah Alam toll plaza since 2.29pm.

In USJ, motorists driving towards Shah Alam on the NKVE had to make a detour to Exit 104 Subang due to flooding.

Tens of cars were seen marooned on the Federal Highway while Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru was inundated and traffic jams had formed in Jalan Kuching, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and Jalan Ipoh.

In Shah Alam, roads connecting Setia Alam with Bandar Bukit Raja and Meru were under two metres of water in some places.

People had also swarmed grocery and convenience shops for essentials as they were worried the floods could continue.

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