Selangor to Expand Glow-in-the-Dark Road Markings Initiative

The Selangor government has announced plans to expand the glow-in-the-dark road markings initiative to 15 locations across all nine districts in the state, aimed at enhancing road users’ safety.

According to The Star, Izham Hashim, state infrastructure and agriculture committee chairman, the initiative will be rolled out gradually and is expected to cost approximately RM900,000 in total. These glow-in-the-dark road markings will be applied to roads lacking street lights, covering approximately 15km of roadways in districts such as Sepang, Kuala Langat, and Petaling.

This initiative aligns with the ‘Selangor Bercahaya’ program, which has already installed 600 LED street lamps throughout the state. An additional allocation of RM1.5 million has been earmarked for more LED street lamps this year to further enhance road safety.

But in his social media post, Izham omitted to mention when the project will be implemented. The initiative was initially proposed by Hulu Langat Public Works Department (JKR) district director Mohd Zamri Mohamud, aiming to provide visibility for cyclists navigating dark stretches at night. Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi highlighted that the photoluminescent paint costs RM749 per sqm, significantly higher than the RM40 per sqm for conventional road marking paint.

The project’s cost-effectiveness has sparked debates, with some questioning its value compared to the expense incurred by Hulu Langat JKR.

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