Roads

1. North Coast Pair Road

The North Coast Pair Road (NCPR) to be undertaken by the Zenith-BUCG, only ends at Jalan Lembah Permai in Tg Bungah from Teluk Bahang, forming only the western section of NCPR.

To complete the road connection to George Town, the proposed eastern section of NCPR comprises:

    1. Construction of an elevated dual two-­lane road over Jalan Lembah Permai, Jalan Tg Bungah and
      Jalan Tg Tokong; and
    2. Construction of interchange ramps between Jalan Cheah Seng Kim and Jalan Sg Kelian junctions
      along Jalan Tg Bungah together with U-­turns at the junctions.

This eastern section of the NCPR will end before the Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 1 (STP 1) development, as the continuing section would be another elevated dual two-­lane road in STP 1 area, which is subsequently connected
to the dual four-­lane Gurney Expressway. 

2. Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE) Interchange

The Butterworth-Kulim Expressway Interchange (BKE IC) is one of the busiest junctions on the Mainland, with traffic volumes at the at­-grade signalised roundabout as high as 10,000 passenger car units (PCU) per hour during peak traffic. The highest turning traffic volume was observed to be the northbound right­-turn from NSE to BKE. A third-tier one-­way flyover is proposed for this turning movement, which will help reduce the overall traffic volume entering the roundabout by some 20%. Operation of the signalised roundabout will then be improved with shorter cycle (waiting) times. 

3. Juru Interchange

The proposed upgrading of the Juru IC will help address the severe congestion that occurs at the interchange along the North ­South Expressway and at the Jalan Kebun Nenas-Jalan Perusahaan signalised T–junction, which is only 160m west of NSE. One of the main problems that cause congestion at the existing signalized diamond
interchange is that it is operated with long cycle times during peak hours, comprising of four split phases.

During peak hours, long queues form on the approaches and the high turning movements onto the NSE also result in persistent ‘weaving’ (conflicting lane changes). Long queue times and ‘weaving’ significantly reduces the efficiency of the interconnecting junctions at the interchange.

The proposed Juru IC improvement scheme to mitigate the
current congestion essentially involves:

  1. Lane widening;
  2.  Converting the Juru Interchange into a “Diverging Diamond Interchange”; and
  3. Synchronizing traffic signal timing with the Jalan Kebun Nenas-Jalan Perusahaan
    junction.