Malaysia Federal Route 68

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Federal Route 68
Jalan Gombak
Route information
Length: 59.8 km (37.2 mi)
Existed: 1915[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
  Jkr-ft2.png Genting Klang-Pahang Highway
Jkr-ft2.png Jalan Kampung Bandar Dalam
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Batu Caves
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway
Genting Sempah-Genting Highlands Highway
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Janda Baik
Jkr-ft121.png Jalan Sambung Kuala Lumpur/Karak-Bentong
Jkr-ft8.png Federal Route 8
East end: Ketari near
Bentong, Pahang
Location
Primary
destinations:
Gombak
Genting Sempah
Janda Baik
Bukit Tinggi
Highway system

Federal Route 68, also known as Jalan Gombak or Jalan Karak Lama, is a federal road in Malaysia that links the city of Kuala Lumpur to Bentong, Pahang. Before Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway E8/FT2 was built, the road was used to be a part of Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan Road FT2; however, due to its sharp corners, narrow roadway and lacks safety features, a replacement highway known as the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway FT2 (now Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway E8/FT2) was built, causing the former Kuala Lumpur-Bentong section to be re-gazetted as the Federal Route 68.

Route background[edit]

Jalan Gombak begins at Setapak Interchange, where it intersects with Jalan Pahang FT2 and Jalan Genting Klang. Jalan Gombak still holds the FT2 designation until Kampung Bandar Dalam Intersection, where the FT2 route is detoured to Jalan Kampung Bandar Dalam FT2 while Jalan Gombak route number changes to FT68.[2][3][4]

The section from its beginning at Setapak Interchange to Mile 8 Intersection is a dual-carriageway with the speed limit of 60 km/h. After Mile 8 Intersection, the FT68 becomes a single-carriageway road but retains the 60 km/h speed limit due to its narrower condition. After Kampung Sungai Rumput, the Jalan Gombak FT68 becomes more winding, causing the speed limit to be reduced to 50 km/h.[3] At that point, Jalan Gombak FT68 begins ascending the Titiwangsa Range until the Selangor-Pahang state border where it joins Genting Sempah-Genting Highlands Highway and overlaps it until the Genting Sempah Roundabout that links the FT68 road with the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway E8/FT2.[2][3]

From Genting Sempah, Jalan Gombak FT68 descends the Titiwangsa Range, passing the town of Bukit Tinggi along the way. 7 km before the road ends, the FT68 was linked to the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway E8/FT2 for the last time via a short 400-m spur road. Jalan Gombak FT68 ends at Ketari Intersection near Bentong, where it is linked to the Federal Route 8.[3][2]

History[edit]

Jalan Gombak FT68 used to be a part of the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan Road FT2. It was constructed in 1915.[1] However, the road's very sharp corners, deep ravines, narrow roadway and lack of safety features made it dangerous. Therefore, in the 1970s, a replacement segment for the narrow and winding Jalan Gombak from Kuala Lumpur to Karak was constructed. The replacement section was known as the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway FT2, featuring the 914.4-m Genting Sempah Tunnel. The 75.2-km toll highway was constructed at the cost of RM136.4 million and was opened to traffic on 7 January 1978.[5] As a result, the old Jalan Gombak was re-gazetted as the Federal Route 68.

The Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway FT2 was then upgraded to a full controlled-access expressway in 1994 and was completed four years later.[6] However, unlike the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway E37/E2 project where the old Federal Route 1 section from Kuala Lumpur to Seremban was rehabilitated as part of the project, no such rehabilitation was done towards Jalan Gombak FT68 during the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway E8/FT2 upgrading project. As a result, very few road users are willing to use the FT68 road due to its dangerous nature, even when the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway E8/FT2 becomes badly congested during festive seasons.[3]

The section of Jalan Gombak FT68 from Taman Ibu Kota intersection to Mile 8 Gombak intersection and Jalan Sungai Pusu B38 up to the entrance of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Gombak were upgraded to a dual-carriageway as an Eighth Malaysia Plan (RMK-8) project to provide better access to the university from Kuala Lumpur. The upgrading works began on 1 November 2001 and were completed on 18 August 2005.[7]

List of junctions[edit]

Km Exit Interchange[2] To Remarks
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Kuala Lumpur
Setapak
Jkr-ft2.png Genting Klang-Pahang Highway

Northeast
Jalan Genting Klang
Klang Gates
Ulu Klang

South
Jkr-ft2.png Jalan Pahang
Sentul
City Centre
Seremban
Petaling Jaya
Trumpet interchange
Jkr-ft2.png Genting Klang-Pahang Highway
Jkr-ft2.png Jkr-ft68.png Jalan Gombak
Taman P Ramlee (Taman Forlong) East
Jalan 1/50
Taman P Ramlee (Taman Forlong)
P. Ramlee Memorial
T-junctions
Jalan Kampung Bandar Dalam Northwest
Jkr-ft2.png Jalan Kampung Bandar Dalam
Jkr-ft2.png Sentul
Jkr-ft2.png Batu Caves
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuantan
T-junctions
Jkr-ft2.png Jkr-ft68.png Jalan Gombak
Start/End of highway
Jkr-ft68.png Jalan Gombak
Gombak (Kuala Lumpur side)
Pasar Besar Gombak
(Wet Market)
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8
Gombak (Kuala Lumpur side)
Masjid Zaid bin Haritsah
Gombak (Kuala Lumpur side)
Taman Ibu Kota
Southeast
Jalan Taman Ibukota
Taman Ibu Kota
Wangsa Maju
T-junctions
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
DBKL border limit
FT Kuala Lumpur-Selangor border
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Gombak district border
JKR border limit
Gombak (Selangor side)
Taman Gombak Jaya
Gombak (Selangor side)
Masjid As Syakirin, Gombak
Gombak (Selangor side)
Taman Kamariah
Gombak (Selangor side)
Jalan Dewan
East
Jalan Dewan
Taman Gombak Setia
Taman Melati
T-junctions
Gombak (Selangor side)
Masjid Lama Gombak
Gombak (Selangor side) West
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Batu Caves
Jkr-ft28.png Batu Caves
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuantan
Half diamond interchange
Bentong bound
Maximum height limit 4.5 m
Kampung Sungai Pusu
Kampung Sungai Chinchin
Setapak bound
Maximum height limit 4.5 m
Gombak Utara East
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Sungai Pusu
Kampung Sungai Pusu
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Gombak University sign.jpg
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway
Kuala Lumpur
Ampang
T-junctions
Gombak Utara
Sungai Chinchin bridge
Gombak Utara
Taman Permai Jaya
Kampung Sungai Salak
Mimaland Mimaland Abandoned t-junctions
Kampung Batu Sebelas
Kampung Batu Dua Belas Gombak
Orang Asli Museum Parking (malaysia).jpg
Kampung Sungai Rumput
Taman Rimba Klasik Sendayu Parking (malaysia).jpg
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Gombak district border
Selangor-Pahang border
648m above sea level
Pahang Darul Makmur
Bentong district border
Genting Sempah
648m above sea level
North
Genting Sempah-Genting Highlands Highway
Genting Highlands
Gohtong Jaya
Institut Aminuddin Baki University sign.jpg
Kampung Genting Sempah
647m above sea level
Kampung Genting Sempah
Remember 126 Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Parking (malaysia).jpg Food court (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg V
ANIH Berhad Genting Sempah Tunnel Monitoring and Maintenance Centre
645m above sea level
ANIH Berhad Genting Sempah Tunnel Monitoring and Maintenance Centre Authorized personnel only
Genting Sempah
600m above sea level
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway
(TnG and TAG ETC only)

West
E33 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur
Jkr-ft2.png Jkr-ft28.png Gombak
E1 Ipoh
E2 Seremban
E2 Johor Bahru

East
E8 Kuala Terengganu
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuantan
Jkr-ft8.png Bentong
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Bukit Tinggi
Roundabout
MTD Prime section maintenances office
600m above sea level
Authorized personnel only
Taman Rimba
600m above sea level
R&R logo.jpg Genting Sempah Rest and Service Area
600m above sea level
Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Wakaf.jpg Telephone (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas McDonald's T-junctions
Kampung Janda Baik
598m above sea level
Southeast
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Janda Baik
Kampung Janda Baik
T-junctions
Kampung Bukit Tinggi
590m above sea level
Kampung Bukit Tinggi T-junctions
Kampung Sungai Tanglir
585m above sea level
Parking (malaysia).jpg Bentong Hot Springs Parking (malaysia).jpg
Kampung Lentang
Kampung Temiang
Kampung Lubuk Mandi
Kampung Rasia
Jalan Sambung Kuala Lumpur/Karak-Bentong South
Jkr-ft121.png Jalan Sambung Kuala Lumpur/Karak-Bentong


E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway

East
E8 Kuala Terengganu
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuantan
Jkr-ft2.png Karak
T-junctions
Kampung Sirai
Kampung Tambai
Taman Kolej
Taman Wangi
Taman Orkid
Taman Kilat
Taman Sri Tanjung
Taman Ketari
59.8 Bentong
Ketari
North
Jkr-ft8.png Bentong
Jkr-ft8.png Raub
Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Lipis
Jkr-ft8.png Gua Musang
Jkr-ft8.png Kota Bharu

South
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway
E8 Kuala Terengganu
E8 Kuantan
Jkr-ft2.png Karak
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Genting Highlands
Junctions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roads in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Ministry of Works. 2011. p. 16. ISBN 978-967-5399-17-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d Inventori Rangkaian Jalan Utama Persekutuan Semenanjung Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Ministry of Works. 2009. ISBN 978-983-44278-2-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jalan Gombak FT68". Blog Jalan Raya Malaysia. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Statistik Jalan (Edisi 2013). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Public Works Department. 2013. pp. 16–64. ISSN 1985-9619. 
  5. ^ "Perasmian Terowong dan Lebuh Raya Karak-Kuala Lumpur". Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah (in Malay). National Archives of Malaysia. 1978-01-07. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Lebuh raya: Kempunankah rakyat pantai timur?" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 1998-04-13. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Naiktaraf Jalan Persekutuan 68 Dari Simpang 3 Lee Rubber ke UIA, Selangor" (PDF) (in Malay). Malaysian Ministry of Works. Retrieved 2016-05-31.