Partial acquisition of Upper Paya Lebar Rd to ease congestion

A part of Upper Paya Lebar Road will be widened by 2014 to improve traffic flow between the residential areas in the Northeast, and the industrial parks in Aljunied, Ubi and Eunos.

The 1.3-kilometre stretch is between Upper Serangoon Road and Bartley Road.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said a lane will be added in each direction of the carriageway, to relieve existing peak-hour congestion and meet anticipated future increase in traffic.

LTA said that with redevelopment and growth in these areas, the traffic along Upper Paya Lebar Road is expected to increase by up to 25 per cent by 2020.

Some private land along the affected road, amounting to 1,608.2 square metres, will be acquired for the widening works.

This includes the backlane of a row of shophouses near Paya Lebar Crescent, which will be converted into a service road for the loading and unloading of goods.

Another five properties will also face partial acquisition.

For example, a building extension of Fa Hua Monastery, which runs along the perimeter of the compound, will be demolished.

LTA said it will rebuild the compound wall after the acquisition.

An open car park in front of some shophouses along How Sun Road will also be affected, with eight car park lots acquired.

Landowners will receive their notices on Friday.

The affected lands will be acquired by December 2012.

Widening works for the road will start in mid-2012, but works on the affected private lands will only start in 2013.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 9 Dec 2011

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