[PHOTOS] The Rawang Bypass, Malaysia's Tallest Highway Has Finally Opened Today
After more than a decade of construction, the Rawang Bypass has opened to motorists beginning 6am today, 29 November
The elevated bridge which spans across four lanes and sits close to 60 metres (the highest point) off the ground, opened today at 6am as reported by New Straits Times (NST).
Rawang Bypass is now the tallest highway in the country.
Construction of the Rawang Bypass costing RM628 million began in 2005, using a Movable Scaffolding System - a first in Malaysia - for a speedy construction without compromising the environment by cutting down trees and excessive use of machinery.
The bypass will cut short travel time from Serendah to Selangor
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the 9km new stretch would reduce traffic congestion by 50% and shorten the travel time from Serendah to Selayang, especially during peak hour.
"Before this, motorists could take up to two hours during peak hours, but now they just need 30 minutes for the same destination," he said when launching the bridge this morning.
The 9km stretch offers panoramic views of the Selangor Heritage Park as it cuts through the vast greenery, providing a pleasant driving experience for motorists
Fadillah added the project only required about 9.7ha of land instead of 25ha if the bypass had been built without the elevated part.
The design of the bridge was also meant to protect the rare Merawan Kanching or Giam Kanching tree species at the park.
Chinese daily Sinchew reported that the bypass is currently toll-free