Published on June 3rd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair6
Federal Highway No Longer Open to Motorbikes
The Federal Highway’s bike lane has been under repair and maintenance for a while now. In the last year plus, drivers may have noticed an increased number of motorcyclists driving down alongside them on this public road. Now though, things have changed.
This latest clip that was shared with us shows the police stopping cyclists from using the highway. Publicity stunt? The video does look decently produced (no shaky, grainy footage and decent edits) which indicates that PDRM probably consented to it being filmed at the least.
Regardless, if you’re a motorbike user or know someone who is, the message is clear: the bike lanes have been renovated, time to get back on them.
About the Federal Highway
The Federal Highway is a Malaysian-controlled-access highway connecting the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, and Klang, Selangor. The highway starts from Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur to Klang, Selangor. It is the busiest highway in Klang Valley during rush hour from/to Kuala Lumpur. The Federal Highway is coded as Federal Route 2.
The history of the highway started after the separation of Singapore from Malaysia on 9 August 1965, when the Malaysian government decided to make Port Swettenham (now Port Klang) as Malaysia’s new national port as a replacement of Singapore. As a result, the government planned to build a highway connecting Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur by upgrading the former Kuala Lumpur–Klang Highway (Jalan Kuala Lumpur–Klang) (opened to traffic on 14 January 1959) to a full motorway by replacing the existing at-grade intersections with interchanges, making the Federal Highway as Malaysia’s first expressway.
The Kuala Lumpur–Petaling Jaya Traffic Dispersal Scheme was implemented in 1974 under the surveillance of the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR). This scheme includes the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road, Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 1, Jalan Syed Putra and Federal Highway Route 2 (Kuala Lumpur–Petaling Jaya). Funded by a loan granted by the World Bank, the upgrade works for the Federal Highway from Subang Airport Interchange to Kuala Lumpur started from 1974 until 1977.
The highway was originally a 4-lane limited access highway except for the Petaling Jaya stretch where it became a 6-lane highway. However, in 1992 PLUS Expressways, the concession holder of North-South Expressway has upgraded the entire highway to a 6-lane highway with two toll plazas, Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau. The 6-lane toll highway had begun in operation on 11 May 1993. The highway handles incredible volumes of traffic there is significant congestion at more or less any time of day.
Adopted from Wikipedia page.