Smoother rides on PIE

Smoother rides on PIE
A heavy jam on the PIE during the evening rush hour in 2011 (left), before works began to widen a 5.8km stretch between Adam Road and Clementi Avenue 6. Now that the project has been completed, the extra lanes (above) will ease congestion, cutting travelling time for motorists.

MOTORISTS using the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) at the western end of the island should enjoy a smoother ride now.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed widening works on a 5.8km stretch of the expressway between Adam Road and Clementi Avenue 6.

This section, under construction since July 2011, has been progressively opened for use since July last year.

The widened portions now have an additional lane on each side of the expressway, which means some sections have five lanes, while others have three.

Moreover, the $78 million project included the widening of three flyovers - Eng Neo, Chantek and Anak Bukit. The LTA said it expects congestion to ease during the morning and evening peak hours, thus reducing travel time for motorists who live in western Singapore.

Technician Joseph Lin, 56, who uses the PIE to get to work in Boon Lay from Lorong Chuan, said: "The stretch up to Clementi Avenue 6 is the one most prone to jams in the morning, but it's been better since the widening."

Taxi driver Ng Hee Soon, 45, who uses the PIE at least three times a day, said he had seen fewer accidents near the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) turn-off.

"The extra lane gives more room for drivers who need to filter left to enter the BKE," he said.

Still, he said, more could be done to ease bottlenecks at one-lane exits, such as the one to Lornie Road, that cause a tail-back and thus add to congestion on the expressway.

The PIE widening project is part of a slew of measures by the LTA to improve traffic flow for those living in the west.

Among the ongoing projects is the widening of Clementi Road to four lanes in each direction. A dual two-lane flyover will be built as well, to improve traffic flow at the intersection of West Coast Highway and Jalan Buroh (Buroh Circus), while a 3.9km stretch of Pasir Panjang Road and West Coast Road will be widened.

The LTA said in its press statement yesterday that it is building two flyovers as dedicated access points for vehicles exiting and entering the PIE from Clementi Avenue 6, and for those doing so at Bukit Batok East Avenue 3.

The project, which will be completed by the end of next year, will cut down on vehicles having to criss-cross at slip roads and will smoothen traffic on the main expressway, said the LTA.

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