Bercham, a high-density area east of the city, is to have another access road. The application for a link from the highway, designed to be located in the immediate area fronting the Giant hypermarket under construction, has been approved.
According to JKR State Director Dato’ Ir Dr. Safry Kamal, the application for the link was made a year ago by Giant Hypermarket. The hypermarket is currently under construction at Medan Bercham Bistari and its location is immediately parallel to the North-South Highway. It is scheduled for completion around the middle of this year.
Dr. Safry Kamal said that two important aspects for granting the approval are: 1) safety to the public and road users, and 2) there must not be the possibility of bottlenecks or hindrance to the flow of traffic.
“A traffic study as well as a Road Safety Audit (RSA) has been done and found to be feasible to proceed with the project,” he said.
Dr. Safry however added that the city council too has made an alternative proposal to have the entrance and exit at the Ipoh East Industrial area and are currently designing a flow linking it to the traffic lights on Bercham main road.
The city council’s design plan will be ready next month and the link would be open by the middle of this year to coincide with the opening of the hypermarket.
Bercham’s city councillor David Lai Kong Phooi said another entrance to the area had been long felt necessary. It would ease the traffic flow in and out of Bercham, which is bordered between Medan Ipoh, Tanjung Rambutan and Tasek and covers an area of 8,877 hectares of which 56% of the land is utilised for housing, industry and agriculture. As at 2009 the population of Bercham was 150,000.