Malaysia Federal Route 55

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Federal Route 55
Jalan Kuala Kubu Bharu-Teranum-Raub
Jalan Pahang (Kuala Kubu Bharu)
Route information
Length: 62.0 km (38.5 mi)
Existed: 1887[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
 

Jkr-ft1.svg Federal Route 1
Jkr-ft56.png Jalan Bukit Fraser
Jkr-ft148.png Jalan Bukit Fraser 2
Jkr-ft218.png Federal Route 218

Jkr-ft8.png Federal Route 8
East end: Raub Indah, Raub, Pahang
Location
Primary
destinations:
Peretak
Fraser's Hill
Teranum
Bentong
Raub
Highway system

Federal Route 55 or Jalan Kuala Kubu Bharu-Teranum-Raub (or also as Jalan Pahang in Kuala Kubu Bharu) is a 53.2-km federal road connecting the states of Selangor and Pahang in Malaysia. It is the first federal road ever being constructed in Pahang.[1] The road connects Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor to Teranum near Raub in Pahang (later extended to Raub Indah at south Raub in 2013-2015). It is the main access route to Fraser's Hill.[2]

Route background[edit]

The Kilometre Zero of the Federal Route 55 is located at Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, at its intersection with the Federal Route 1, the main trunk road of the central of Peninsular Malaysia. After passing Kuala Kubu Bharu town centre, it runs along the eastern circumference of the Selangor Dam. Shortly after passing the Selangor Dam, the road becomes winding as it ascends the Titiwangsa Range until its intersection with the uphill road to Fraser's Hill near the Selangor-Pahang state border. Then, the road descends downhill, running in parallel with the Teranum River until its eastern terminus at Teranum where it meets with the Malaysia Federal Route 218.[3]

History[edit]

The Federal Route 55 is the earliest federal road ever constructed in Pahang. It was constructed as an 80-mile bridle track from Kuala Kubu Bharu to Kuala Lipis known as the Kuala Kubu-Kuala Lipis Road. In 1915, a road was constructed from Teranum to Bentong, forming the southern pioneer route for the Federal Route 8. The entire roadway was upgraded and paved in 1928 with the specific cost of RM2,004 per mile (or RM1,237 per kilometre), which was considered as the most expensive road project at that time.[1] Portion of the Kuala Kubu-Kuala Lipis Road from Teranum to Raub, together with the road from Teranum to Bentong, would later form a part of the Federal Route 8 before the winding Bentong-Raub old road was bypassed by a new, more straight super two road in conjunction with the opening of FELDA Lurah Bilut.[4] Therefore, the bypassed old road is now re-gazetted as the Federal Route 218.[5]

In 1919, work started on the access road to the hill station from The Gap and by 1922, the hill station named Fraser's Hill was opened to visitors.

During the Malayan Emergency, Sir Henry Gurney, a British High Commissioner in Malaya was assassinated by the Malayan Communist Party terrorists at Mile 56 ½, Kuala Kubu Road on 7 October 1951, on his way to Fraser's Hill.[6] The communist terrorists ambushed his Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and shot him to death. His remains was buried at the Cheras Road Christian Cemetery (now Cheras War Cemetery) at Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.[6][7] A memorial signboard was later erected by Malaysian Public Works Department at the site of the incident.[8]

At the end of 1990s, a new water dam known as the Sungai Selangor Dam was constructed to cater the increasing water demand in the Klang Valley. During construction of the Sungai Selangor Dam, a 7.7-km super two road was built to replace the existing roadway at the Sungai Selangor Dam construction site. Construction starts on 2001 and was completed in 2003. This road has two bridges, the Sungai Selangor bridge and the Sungai Peretak bridge.[9]

List of junctions and towns[edit]

km Exit Junctions To Remarks
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0
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Kuala Kubu Road
Federal Route Jkr-ft1.svg Junctions
North
Jkr-ft1.svg Tanjung Malim
Jkr-ft1.svg Slim River
Jkr-ft1.svg Ipoh
Jkr-ft--.png Sabak Bernam
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) University sign.jpg
E1 North-South Expressway Northern Route
Bukit Kayu Hitam
Ipoh
Kuala Lumpur
Klang

West
Jalan Stesen Keretapi
Kuala Kubu Bharu railway station

South
Jkr-ft1.svg Rasa
Jkr-ft1.svg Batang Kali
Jkr-ft1.svg Rawang
Jkr-ft1.svg Kuala Lumpur
Junctions
R&R blue.png Kuala Kubu Bharu Rest and Service Area Parking (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Buah.png Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Surau (malaysia).jpg
Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) district branch office
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Taman Teratai
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Jalan Tun Salleh Ismail
North
Jalan Tun Salleh Ismail
T-junctions
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Jalan Syed Masyor
North
Jalan Syed Masyor
Hospital Kuala Kubu Bharu Hospital (malaysia).jpg
Perpustakaan Syed Masahor (Hulu Selangor District Library)
T-junctions
Masjid Jamek Al-Rahimiah
Stadium Mini Kuala Kubu Bharu
Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (MDHS) headquarters Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor (MDHS) headquarters
Monument of Kuala Kubu Tragedy
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Jalan Merdeka
North
Jalan Merdeka
Town Centre
Kuala Kubu Bharu Post Office
T-junctions
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Jalan Ampang Pechah
North
Jalan Bukit Kerajaan
Government Offices
Hulu Selangor District and Land Offices
Kuala Kubu Bharu Magistrate Court

South
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ampang Pechah
Ampang Pechah
(Site of the original Kuala Kubu)
Rasa
Kuala Lumpur
Darul Quran Jakim University sign.jpg
Junctions
Hindu Temple
Kuala Kubu Bharu
Jalan Kubu
North
Jalan Kubu
Town Centre
Hulu Selangor District Police Headquarters
T-junctions
Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) Hulu Selangor District Headquarters
Sungai Kubu bridge
Taman Bukit Bunga
Sungai Kelempung bridge
Taman Selesa
Kuala Kubu Bharu Ranger Office
Kampung Asam Kumbang
----m above sea level
Start/End of narrow roads
Kampung Gerachi
----m above sea level
North
Jalan Baru Kampung Gerachi
Kampung Gerachi
T-junctions
Sungai Selangor bridge
----m above sea level
Start/End of dual carriageway
Sungai Selangor Dam Sungai Selangor Dam
Splash visitor centre
Parking (malaysia).jpg Information centre (malaysia).jpg V
T-junctions
Start/End of dual carriageway
Sungai Peretak bridge
Kampung Peretak
----m above sea level
North
Jalan Baru Kampung Peretak
Kampung Peretak
T-junctions
Start/End of narrow roads
Sungai Chilling bridge Old bridge
Historical site
Sungai Chilling waterfalls Recreation (malaysia).jpg
----m above sea level
Sungai Chilling waterfalls Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Sungai Chilling Fish Sanctuary
Parking (malaysia).jpg Buah.png V Recreation (malaysia).jpg Fishing (malaysia).jpg
Sungai Gumut waterfalls Recreation (malaysia).jpg
----m above sea level
Sungai Gumut waterfalls Recreation (malaysia).jpg
Sungai Chilling Fish Sanctuary
Parking (malaysia).jpg Buah.png V Recreation (malaysia).jpg Fishing (malaysia).jpg
Sungai Gumut bridge
Sir Henry Gurney's murder site
----m above sea level
Sir Henry Gurney's murder site
Parking (malaysia).jpg Information centre (malaysia).jpg
Historical site during Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
Fraser's Hill
The Gap
Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg The Gap Public Toilet Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg
The Gap Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
The Gap Rest House
The Gap Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Fraser's Hill
The Gap
----m above sea level
Summit
Jkr-ft56.png Jalan Bukit Fraser
Fraser's Hill
Entry only
T-junctions
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Hulu Selangor district border
Fraser's Hill The Gap Border Arch
Selangor-Pahang border
----m above sea level
Pahang Darul Makmur
Raub district border
Parking (malaysia).jpg The Gap Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Buah.png Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Surau (malaysia).jpg
Fraser's Hill
Jalan Bukit Fraser 2
----m above sea level
Summit
Jkr-ft148.png Jalan Bukit Fraser 2
Exit only
No entry
T-junctions
Fraser's Hill
The Gap
Sungai Teranum bridge
----m above sea level
Sungai Teranum bridge
----m above sea level
Kampung Sungai Terong Manis
----m above sea level
Raub
Teranum
Jkr-ft218.png Jalan Lama Bentong-Raub junctions
----m above sea level
North
Jkr-ft8.png Raub
Jkr-ft8.png Benta
Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Lipis

East
Jkr-ft218.png Kampung Sungai Chetang
Jkr-ft218.png Sang Lee
Jkr-ft8.png Bentong
T-junctions
Taman Seroja
----m above sea level
Kampung Baharu Teras
----m above sea level
Raub
Raub Indah
Jkr-ft8.png Federal Route 8 junctions
----m above sea level
North
Jkr-ft8.png Raub
Jkr-ft8.png Benta
Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Lipis

South
Jkr-ft8.png Bentong
Jkr-ft2.png Karak
Jkr-ft68.png Kuala Lumpur
T-junctions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roads in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Ministry of Works. 2011. p. 16. ISBN 978-967-5399-17-6. 
  2. ^ Statistik Jalan (Edisi 2013). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Public Works Department. 2013. pp. 16–64. ISSN 1985-9619. 
  3. ^ Inventori Rangkaian Jalan Utama Persekutuan Semenanjung Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Ministry of Works. 2009. ISBN 978-983-44278-2-5. 
  4. ^ "Blog Jalan Raya Malaysia @ Cameron Highlands 2013 Part 1: Jalan Persekutuan 8 (Bentong-Raub)". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  5. ^ Inventori Rangkaian Jalan Utama Persekutuan Semenanjung Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Ministry of Works. 2009. pp. 470–471. ISBN 978-983-44278-2-5. 
  6. ^ a b "Pembunuhan Sir Henry Gurney". Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah (in Malay). National Archives of Malaysia. 1951-10-07. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  7. ^ Slain British Officer Bured
  8. ^ "Memartabatkan jalan raya melalui tugu peringatan". Blog Jalan Raya Malaysia. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  9. ^ Mokhtar Jaafar et. al. "Indeks Kualiti Air (IKA) Sg. Selangor pasca pembinaan Empangan Sg. Selangor" (PDF). Geografia - Malaysian Journal of Society and Space (in Malay) (3): 68–75. Retrieved 1 September 2015.