New road to ease school traffic jam

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE newly built road connecting Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Religious School and Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) is now open to motorists.

The public will now be able to use the new $188,930 link road by taking the road heading from Bandar Seri Begawan Arabic Preparatory School to the religious school, which is now a one-way lane. Road users can then exit the area at the Jalan Babu Raja flyover.

During the opening ceremony yesterday at the religious school, an engineer at the Public Works Department (PWD) said construction of the road began on April 18 and was expected to be completed by October 17.

Mohd Selmme Hj Ramli said the road was completed before the expected date. The department officially opened the road early to ease traffic congestion in the area.

“The objective is to ease traffic congestion at these schools, because (previously) the parents had to turn back out the same way (where they came from). With this new link road, we can ease the traffic here where they can go out straight to the Jalan Babu Raja flyover,” he said in an interview.

Mohd Selmme went on to say that PWD will continue to monitor the traffic flow in the area and observe if there is a need for any possible changes to further improve the traffic flow.

He said PWD is also providing a new parking space next to the religious school where the parents can wait for their children.

“We are providing a parking space next to the school, this is to give the parents space to wait for their children, instead of queuing,” he said.

Hjh Doriani Hj Julaihi, the religious school’s principal said he hopes the new road will ease traffic in the area.

Alhamdulillah, this road will be more convenient for parents and teachers because it is a one-way road,” she said.

Meanwhile, Acting Principal of the ITQSHHB Pg Hj Haslin Pg Hj Ali also hopes that the new road will result in smoother traffic flow.

“There are several schools in this area so there are a lot of cars here. With this new road, it will be convenient for the parents who are sending their children,” he said.

He hopes the public will follow the rules that have been set as it will ease the traffic congestion that the area previously faced.

During the ceremony yesterday, Mohd Khairol Hj Bakar, an executive engineer at PWD, handed over the keys to the new road’s gate to ITQSHHB Acting Principal Pg Hj Haslin and the Head of Estate Management Unit under the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Department of Islamic Studies Md Suny Hj Ahmad.

The Brunei Times