Jalan Bukit Kukus, Paya Terubong, with view of the Puncak Terubong Apartment (25 September, 2009)
Jalan Bukit Kukus is a hill road in Paya Terubong, Penang. It connects with Lebuhraya Thean Teik to the north, and is a no-through road in the south. Another fragment of Jalan Bukit Kukus begins at its junction with Lorong Bukit Kukus and continues a short distance south. The northern portion of Jalan Bukit Kukus forms a junction with Lorong Semarak Api 3, providing access to the hill-rise apartment blocks on the southern part of the Farlim neighbourhood.
Jalan Bukit Kukus has been earmarked for extension, to evntually connect with Lebuh Bukit Jambul. In so doing, it becomes a parallel route to Jalan Paya Terubong, providing alternative access for commuters in the Air Itam area to reach the southern districts of Relau and Bayan Baru. When completed, it forms an important conduit for commuters living in the working class neighbourhoods of Paya Terubong and Air Itam to reach their work place at the Bayan Lepas FIZ.
The entire Jalan Bukit Kukus will be 4.87 km in length, according to the Penang Island Municipal Council engineering department deputy director, A. Rajendran. As of now, 1.22 km of the road has been constructed. The remaining 3.65 km will be built at a cost of RM300 million.
The Jalan Bukit Kukus project is jointly undertaken by the Municipal Council (now Penang Island City Council) and a private developer in two stages. The first stage, costing RM60 million, connects Lebuhraya Thean Teik to Tingkat Paya Terubong 1, and is expected to be completed in 2017. The second stage, from Tingkat Paya Terubong 1, through the Bukit Saujana and Sun Moon City development, will eventually link it to Lebuh Bukit Jambul, and will be completed in six years.
Updates on Jalan Bukit Kukus
13 February, 2019
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow reported the revelation to the Bukit Kukus tragedy on his Facebook page, saying that Deputy Chief Minister I saying that the main contractor probably failed to follow the best construction practices, by failing to hire competent engineers to design a temporary platform at the site where the landslide occured. Details25 October, 2018
The number of dead has been revised to 9 people. The state government has formed a special investigative committee to probe the landslide. The committee would be lead by Deputy Chief Minister I, Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman. The cost of contructing the Bukit Kukus Paired Road is mentioned here as RM530 million.
22 October, 2018
The number of dead in the Jalan Bukit Kukus landslide was revised upward to 8 people, as more bodies were recovered. Penang Island mayor Yew Tung Seang expressed "deep regret" over the tragedy but said that the construction works would continue.
19 October, 2018 The Star, New Straits Times and Berita Harian report on a massive landslide at the construction site of the Jalan Bukit Kukus elevated highway at 1.56pm on Friday, 19 October, 2018. It caused the death of death of five foreign construction workers. According to Mineral and Geoscience Department Director, Azhari Ahmad, inspection [of the site] reveals that water flow from a stream on the hilly area caused the landslide. The department has taken immediate measures to divert the flow of water from the stream to avoid worsening the situation.
Map of Jalan Bukit Kukus
Residential Properties along Jalan Bukit Kukus
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