A crucial stretch of the federal route connecting Bentong and Janda Baik, specifically FT68 or Jalan Lama Gombak to Bentong, has been closed until December 1 due to structural damage. The affected sections are 43.00 to 43.40 and Jalan Pintasan Bukit Tinggi from Sections 1.98 to 2.58 in Bentong. The closure aims to ensure the safety of road users and comes in the aftermath of a debris flow incident that occurred over three hours on Saturday, resulting in damage to the road and properties.
Closure Details and Alternative Routes
As reported by Bernama, the closure announcement was made by the Bentong district Public Works Department (JKR), urging road users to adhere to the closure for safety reasons. Those heading to Janda Baik are advised to take an alternative route by using the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway to the Bukit Tinggi Intersection, heading towards the Bukit Tinggi BHP petrol station and passing through SMK Bukit Tinggi. Road users are encouraged to follow road signs and can contact the Bentong JKR office at 09-2224040 for inquiries.
Impact of Debris Flow Incident
The closed road section was part of the site affected by a debris flow incident on Saturday, which resulted in a water surge carrying bricks, sediments, and fallen trees. The incident caused damage to road infrastructure, including cracks, as well as hill slope collapses and damage to residents’ properties. Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman highlighted the need for a comprehensive study by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) for necessary mitigation work, especially in high-risk areas like Bukit Tinggi and Janda Baik.
Immediate Measures and Long-Term Restoration Plans
To address the immediate aftermath of the incident, JKR and JPS will conduct repairs to slopes and roads, along with river cleaning and dredging work. These measures serve as temporary solutions while a long-term restoration plan is developed. JPS attributed the debris flow to three hours of heavy rain, causing flooding in the area and leading to road blockages and overflow of the Sungai Tanglir tributary.