The Sun reports, here, that thousands of motorists were caught in near stand-still traffic yesterday when the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) flyover in Kepong was abruptly closed by police. Fragments had started raining on passing motorists after cracks appeared on Pillar 28 of the flyover. This is the third time the 1.7km flyover had to be closed. It was first closed in August 2004 and then for the second time in February 2006 for repairs.
The government has to date spent more than RM70 million on repairs to the flyover and previous inspections by engineers have revealed flaws in the design of the elevated expressway. More taxpayers' money is expected to be spent to get the Kepong MRR2 flyover repaired and safe for motorists.
The then Works Minister Samy Vellu at first maintained that it was not due to any design flaw. But a consultants' study later found that design deficiencies and improper anchoring at the crossbeams were responsible for the cracks.
I expect massive jams this morning on the LDP expressway near where I live. Thank you, Samy Vellu.
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