KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 13): The Pantai Sentral Interchange is now open to traffic.
Construction of the 2.8-km interchange had taken 18 months, and was built by IJM Land Bhd and Amona Development Sdn Bhd — the joint developers of Pantai Sentral Park.
The interchange, involving a total investment cost of RM98 million, will provide vital entry and exit points from the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) directly to the Pantai Sentral Park development.
Consisting of three ramps located at Kilometre 11 of the NPE, it complements the local road networks in the Bangsar South, Pantai Hill Park, Kerinchi and Pantai Dalam areas.
IJM Corp Bhd CEO and managing director Datuk Soam Heng Choon said at the official opening ceremony today that as a township developer, connectivity is key and it is important to ensure that access roads to developments are planned first.
"The opening of the interchange is timely prior to the handover of the first phase of 211 condominium units at Pantai Sentral Park known as lnwood Residences.
“We will welcome our first batch of residents in 1Q2019 while the second phase called Secoya Residence comprising 243 units of residential condominiums is slated for completion over the next couple of months," said Soam.
He added that with the new interchange, residents of Pantai Sentral Park and the larger community will have smoother drives to major hot spots in the Klang Valley such as Kuala Lumpur and Bangsar north-bound, as well as Subang, Sunway and Petaling Jaya south-bound. It will also create opportunities for development in nearby areas.
Pantai Sentral Park is a mixed-use development comprising seven residential and six commercial phases, with a gross development value of RM5.6 billion. The 58-acre project is adjacent to the 200-acre Bukit Kerinchi forest reserve. The township is set to be completed within 10 to 15 years.
Besides the new interchange, Pantai Sentral Park is also accessible via the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP Highway), Federal Highway, Kerinchi Link (SPRINT Highway), MEX Highway (Maju Expressway), Jalan Kerinchi, Jalan Gasing, Jalan Pantai Dalam and Jalan Templer.
Meanwhile, Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir who officiated the event said the involvement of the private sector has helped the government to modernise the country's infrastructure, especially in the building of highways and new industrial areas such as those in Senawang, Tanjung Malim, Nilai, Ayer Keroh and Gurun.
He also emphasised the importance of highway maintenance.
"Concession companies have to understand that the needs of road users have changed from 20 to 30 years ago. Road users not only want to reach their destinations safely and on time, they also want a journey which enables them to gain new and value-added experiences. Nowadays, certain added value services are no longer nice to have, but a necessity," said Anuar.