While the works are still in progress, circulation has been restored after a three-day shutdown in November
On 11th November 2015 at about 7:00 pm, a massive landslide occurred along the KL-Karak Highway. The location was at KM52.4, near Lentang – Bukit Tinggi area. Mud spilled and covered over 500 meters width of the highway, blocking all lanes on both directions. Traffic was at a standstill for over 4 km.
The KL – Karak Highway is a hilly highway winding up and down a mountainous area, and is the major road used by motorists going from Kuala Lumpur to the East Coast. Due to the landslide, the highway was closed and traffic was redirected to an alternative road, exiting off Bukit Tinggi or Bentong, and to trunk roads to bypass the area. At least four vehicles were trapped in the mud but, fortunately, no casualties were reported. Clean-ups were deployed immediately but due to the massive works, the highway was reopened partially to motorists only on 14th November 2015, and fully on the next day.
While the cause of the landslide is still being investigated, rectification works are being implemented. The Maccaferri team worked closely with the highway concessionaire and the Malaysian Highway Authority to give our solution to this problem. As part of the preliminary design, we proposed a gabion wall as check-dam application. The wall runs about 200 meter long, at the bottom of the devastated course. Works are still ongoing and more mitigation solutions are expected after thorough studies.
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