Malaysia Federal Route 8

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Federal Route 8
Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
(Malay: Jalan Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu)
Gua Musang Highway
Route information
Length 402.7 km (250.2 mi)
Existed 1887[1] – present
History Completed in 1986[2]
Major junctions
North end Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  Jkr-ft3.png Wakaf Bharu–Kota Bharu–Kubang Kerian Highway
Jkr-ft209.png Federal Route 209
Jkr-ft207.png Federal Route 207
Jkr-ft130.png Federal Route 130
Jkr-ft4.png Federal Route 4
Jkr-ft66.png Federal Route 66
Jkr-ft185.png Second East–West Highway
Central Spine Road
Jkr-ft235.png Federal Route 235
Jkr-ft234.png Federal Route 234 (Jalan Pekeliling)
Jkr-ft64.png Federal Route 64
Jkr-ft218.png Federal Route 218
Jkr-ft68.png Federal Route 68
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway
South end Bentong, Pahang
Location
Primary
destinations
Tanah Merah
Machang
Kuala Krai
Gua Musang
Padang Tengku
Kuala Lipis
Benta
Raub
Highway system

The Federal Route 8, also known as the Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway (Malay: Jalan Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu), is a 402.7-km federal highway in Malaysia.[3] It connects Bentong in the south until Kota Bharu in the north. The highway had two parts - Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai Road (Malay: Jalan Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai) and Bentong–Kuala Lipis Road (Malay: Jalan Bentong–Kuala Lipis) until the completion of the missing link from Kuala Krai to Kuala Lipis, causing the entire FT8 highway to take 99 years to be completed.

Route background[edit]

The Kilometre Zero of the Federal Route 8 starts at its interchange with the Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway E8 (Exit 810) at Bentong, Pahang. Together with the Federal Route 9, it runs along the eastern foothills of the Titiwangsa Range from its southern terminus to Raub. Then, the highways runs further from the Titiwangsa towards Kuala Lipis, and then runs along the western foothills of the Tahan Range towards Kuala Krai. Finally, the Federal Route 8 runs along the eastern bank of the Kelantan River to its northern terminus at Kota Bharu.[4]

The FT8 highway is notorious for its severe traffic congestion, especially along the Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai section. The traffic congestion becomes apparent during festive seasons, with the recorded journey time from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu may exceed 16 hours as of 2014 Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season.

History[edit]

A portion of the Federal Route 8 was a part of the 80-mile Kuala Kubu–Kuala Lipis Road, the earliest trunk road in Pahang, which was constructed by the Public Works Department in 1887. The Kuala Kubu–Kuala Lipis Road connected Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor and Kuala Lipis in Pahang. Later, a section from Teranum to Bentong was constructed in 1915. At the same time, the Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai Road was constructed, together with the Kuala Terengganu–Kuantan Road FT3.[1] The original FT8 section from Raub to Bentong via Teranum was later bypassed by a more straight super two highway in 1958 in conjunction of the opening of FELDA Lurah Bilut,[5] causing the old, winding section to be re-gazetted as the Federal Route 218.[6]

However, Bentong–Kuala Lipis Road FT8 and Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai Road FT8 were not extended, creating a 219-km missing link from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Krai. The missing link was only constructed in 1981. The Kuala Krai–Gua Musang Highway FT8 was completed first in August 1983,[7] followed by the Kuala Lipis–Gua Musang Highway FT8 in 1986.[2]

Upgrading into the Central Spine Road[edit]

Some parts of the Federal Route 8 can be seen to have constructions which are an upgrading progress of the route. The highway construction can be seen after Merapoh which is at Bukit Tujuh. The highway will take a new route (Central Spine Road) at Chegar Perah thus reducing the accident risks involving animals and sharp corners. Now, some parts of the old route at Chegar Perah had been demolished and motorist have been redirected into the Central Spine Road for a few kilometres before being redirected back to the Federal Route 8 just before Bukit Tujuh (Seven Hills).

Junctions and towns (south–north)[edit]

The following is a list of junctions of Route 8, and the towns (in bold with capital letters) that the intersections serve.

Km Exit Interchange To Remarks
402.7 EXIT 801 Bentong East–Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway

West
Kuala Lumpur
Gombak
Genting Highlands

East
Kuala Terengganu
Kuantan
Karak
Trumpet interchange
E8 Jkr-ft2.png Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway
Kuala Lumpur–Gua Musang Highway
Start/End of expressway
ANIH Berhad border limit

Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
Kuala Lumpur–Gua Musang Highway
Start/End of highway
JKR border limit

Bentong Industrial Area
Kampung Bukit Piatu
Kampung Benus
Sungai Benus bridge
Tengku Sulaiman Mosque Surau (malaysia).jpg
Bentong
Ketari
West
Jkr-ft68.png Bukit Tinggi
Jkr-ft68.png Janda Baik
Jkr-ft68.png Gombak
T-junctions
Bentong
Ketari
Sungai Bentong bridge
Bentong
Bentong Bentong District and Land Office
Bentong Bentong district mosque
Kampung Chamang West
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Chamang
Chamang waterfalls
T-junctions
Kampung Kuala Repas
Taman Desa Damai
Jalan Lama Bentong–Raub North
Jkr-ft218.png Sang Lee
Jkr-ft55.png Fraser's Hill
T-junctions
Kampung Asap Southeast
1496 (1496) Jalan Mempaga
FELDA Mempaga
Kampung Lebu
T-junctions
Kampung Baharu
FELDA Lurah Bilut East
1496 (1496) Jalan FELDA Lurah Bilut
FELDA Lurah Bilut
T-junctions
Bentong–Raub district border

Kampung Sungai Dalam
Krau West
Jkr-ft218.png Teranum
Jkr-ft55.png Kuala Kubu Bharu
Jkr-ft1.svg Tanjung Malim
Jkr-ft1.svg Kuala Lumpur
Jkr-ft55.png Fraser's Hill
T-junctions
FELDA Krau
Teras
Raub Northwest
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Cheroh
Cheroh
Batu Talam
Sungai Koyan
Jkr-ft102.png Cameron Highlands

North
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Tengku Abdul Samad
Bukit Koman
Junctions
Raub Raub District and Land Office
Kampung Pintu Padang East
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ulu Gali
Ulu Gali
T-junctions
Kampung Jemapai
Kampung Gali
Kampung Sungai Pasu
Dong East
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Dong
Ulu Dong
T-junctions
Kampung Kuala Gali
Kampung Temau East
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ulu Temau
Kampung Ulu Temau
T-junctions
Kampung Ajai
Kuala Dong West
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Tanjung Tengku
Tanjung Tengku
Cheroh
T-junctions
Kampung Jeruas
Sega West
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Batu Talam
Batu Talam
T-junctions
Kampung Jeram Besu
Kampung Batu Buaya North
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Seberang Lipis
Kampung Seberang Lipis
T-junctions
Benta East
Jkr-ft64.png Jerantut
Jkr-ft98.png Temerloh
Jkr-ft98.png Kuantan
Jkr-ft64.png Bandar Pusat Jengka
Jkr-ft64.png Maran
Roundabout
Sungai Benta bridge
Raub–Lipis district border

Taman Jelai
Kampung Rengai
Kampung Batu Enam
Kampung Binjai
Kuala Lipis North
Jkr-ft234.png Jalan Pekeliling
Jkr-ft234.png Town Centre
Jkr-ft234.png Jerantut
Jkr-ft234.png Kerambit
Jkr-ft234.png Kuala Tembeling
Jkr-ft234.png Taman Negara (National Park)
Kuala Lipis District and Land Office
Masjid Sultan Mahmud (Kuala Lipis District Mosque)
Tanjung Lipis Rest House
Hospital Kuala Lipis Hospital (malaysia).jpg
Kuala Lipis Railway Station
T-junctions
Kuala Lipis North
Jalan Ceneras
Town Centre
Kuala Lipis District and Land Office
Masjid Sultan Mahmud (Kuala Lipis District Mosque)
Hospital Kuala Lipis Hospital (malaysia).jpg
Kuala Lipis Railway Station
T-junctions
Kampung Tempoyang
Berchang West
Jkr-ft235.png Sungai Koyan
Jkr-ft102.png Cameron Highlands
T-junctions
Padang Tengku
Railway crossing bridge
Sungai Pahang bridge
Kampung Beralas
Kampung Seberang Jelai
Kuala Tui
Kampung Kechur
Jalan Utama Kecau Southeast
1506 Jalan Utama Kecau
Kuala Lipis
T-junctions
Kampung Melaka
Kampung Gelanggang
Kampung Sentang
Kampung Pagar Sasak
Kampung Bukit
Kampung Petola
Kampung Bedong
Kampung Tekal Jernih
Kampung Dada Kering
Taman Rimba Kenong Taman Rimba Kenong
Parking (malaysia).jpg
FELDA Cegar Perah 1 & 2
FELCRA Sungai Temau
Sungai Yu
Kampung Kubang Rasa
Kampung Merhamah
Kampung Persit
Merapoh
Kampung Tanggang
Pahang Darul Makmur
Lipis district border

Kelantan border arch
Pahang–Kelantan border

Kelantan Darul Naim
Gua Musang district border

Kampung Sungai Tupai
Mentara
Kampung Batu Papan
Kampung Tanah Puteh
SMS Gua Musang
R&R blue.png Gua Musang Rest and Service Area Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Food court (malaysia).jpg Buah.png Surau (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petron
Gua Musang
Jalan Industri roundabout
Jalan Industri

West
Pulai

East
Gua Musang Industrial Area
Roundabout
Gua Musang
Jalan Industri interchange
Jalan Industri

West
Pulai

East
Taman Damar
Taman Wangi
Diamond interchange
KESEDAR Golf Course KESEDAR Golf Course
Gua Musang
Jalan Hospital
West
2744 Jalan Hospital
Hospital Gua Musang Hospital (malaysia).jpg
T-junctions
Gua Musang
Bandar Baru Gua Musang
West
Jalan Bandar Baru
Bandar Baru Gua Musang
Gua Musang District and Land Office
Majlis Daerah Gua Musang (MDGM) headquarters
Masjid Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Surau (malaysia).jpg
Kelantan South Development Authority (KESEDAR) headquarters
Gua Musang District Library
FELDA Gua Musang district office
RISDA Gua Musang district office
Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) Gua Musang district headquarters

Jkr-ft185.png Second East–West Highway
Jkr-ft59.png Cameron Highlands
Jkr-ft1.svg Simpang Pulai
Jkr-ft1.svg Ipoh
E1 North–South Expressway Northern Route
Bukit Kayu Hitam
Penang
Kuala Lumpur

Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Dabong–Gua Musang
Dabong
Jeli


East
Jalan PPR Gua Musang
PPR Gua Musang
Junctions
Sungai Ketil bridge
Gua Musang
Jalan Pulai
North
Jalan Pulai
Town Centre
Kesedar Inn
T-junctions
Gua Musang
Gua Musang railway station
Gua Musang railway station T-junctions
Railway crossing bridge
Gua Musang
Bandar Utama Gua Musang
Bandar Utama Gua Musang T-junctions
Jkr-ft8.pngKuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
Kuala Lumpur–Gua Musang Highway

Jkr-ft8.pngKuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
Kuala Krai–Gua Musang Highway

Sungai Asap
Sungai Asap bridge
Jalan Sungai Cheweh North
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Sungai Cheweh
Sungai Cheweh
T-junctions
R&R blue.png Gua Musang Rest and Service Area Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Food court (malaysia).jpg Buah.png Surau (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Shell
Sungai Chiku bridge
Chiku
Chegar Bongor
Kampung Bukit Tebok Northwest
Jkr-ft66.png Dabong
Jkr-ft66.png Jeli
Jkr-ft4.png Gerik
T-junctions
Sungai Lebir bridge
Jambatan Kuala Krai
Sungai Gai bridge
Gua Musang–Kuala Krai district border

Kampung Laloh
Lata Beringin
Kampung Karangan
Kampung Temiang
Manek Urai
Kampung Sungai Peria
Pahi
Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Kuala Krai University sign.jpg Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Kuala Krai University sign.jpg
Kuala Krai Kuala Krai District and Land Office
Kuala Krai
Guchil
Jkr-ft8.pngKuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
Kuala Krai–Gua Musang Highway

Jkr-ft8.pngKuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
Jalan Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai

Pekan Jambu Lawar Batu 30
Kampung Keroh
Kuala Krai–Machang district border

Kampung Kijal
Kampung Merkel
Kampung Pemanok
Sungai Sat bridge
Machang Bypass Jkr-ft8.png Machang Bypass

North
Kota Bharu
Kerteh
T-junctions
Machang
Machang (North) West
Jkr-ft4.png Tanah Merah
Jkr-ft4.png Jeli
Jkr-ft4.png Gerik

East
Jkr-ft4.png Pasir Puteh
Jkr-ft3.png Besut
Jkr-ft3.png Kuala Terengganu
Junctions
Machang Bypass Jkr-ft8.png Machang Bypass

South
Kuala Krai
Gua Musang
T-junctions
Pulai Chondong
Ketereh Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ketereh

West
Durian Rendang

East
Bachok
Jelawat
Junctions
Kadok
Machang–Kota Bharu district border

Wakaf Che Yeh West
Jkr-ft207.png Salor
Jkr-ft207.png Pasir Mas

East
Jkr-ft209.png Pasir Hor
Jkr-ft209.png Kubang Kerian
Junctions
Wakaf Che Yeh West
Jkr-ft130.png Salor
Jkr-ft130.png Pasir Mas
Junctions
Sungai Pengkalan Datu bridge
Bunut Payung
Kota Darul Naim
Jkr-ft8.png
0
Kota Bharu
WKK Interchange
Jkr-ft3.png Wakaf Bharu–Kota Bharu–Kubang Kerian Highway

Northwest
Jalan Hamzah
Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge
Jkr-ft3.png Wakaf Baharu
Jkr-ft3.png Pasir Mas
Jkr-ft3.png Tumpat
Jkr-ft3.png Rantau Panjang
4057 Pattani (Thailand)

Southeast
Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra
Jkr-ft57.png Pengkalan Chepa
Jkr-ft3.png Peringat
Jkr-ft3.png Pasir Puteh
Jkr-ft3.png Kuala Terengganu
Jkr-ft57.png Sultan Ismail Petra Airport Airport (malaysia).jpg
Junctions
Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Lumpur–Kota Bharu Highway
Jalan Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai
Start/End of highway
JKR border limit

North
Jalan Sultan Ibrahim
Kota Bharu Town Centre
Jkr-ft223.png Pantai Cahaya Bulan Beach (malaysia).jpg
(Pantai Cinta Berahi)

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Statistik Jalan (Edisi 2013). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Public Works Department. 2013. pp. 16–64. ISSN 1985-9619. 
  4. ^ Inventori Rangkaian Jalan Utama Persekutuan Semenanjung Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Ministry of Works. 2009. pp. 90–92. ISBN 978-983-44278-2-5. 
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