Muar Bypass

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Federal Route 224
Muar Bypass
Route information
Length: 13.8 km (8.6 mi)
Existed: 2002 – present
History: Completed in 2005
Major junctions
Beltway around Bandar Maharani Muar
North end: Parit Bunga
  Jkr-ft23.png Federal Route 23
J62Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Bakar Batu
J60Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ismail Desa
J24Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Salleh
J32Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Muar-Labis
J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Sungai Abong
Jkr-ft24.png Federal Route 24
J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Dato' Hj Kosai
J31Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Parit Jawa
Jkr-ft5.png Federal Route 5
Jkr-ft5.png Jkr-ft19.png Lebuh AMJ
South end: Parit Sakai
Location
Primary
destinations:
Pagoh
Yong Peng
Parit Jawa
Batu Pahat
Highway system

Muar Bypass, or Jalan Pintasan Muar, Federal Route 224, is a major highway bypass and the first highway built in Bandar Maharani Muar, a royal town in Johor, Malaysia. The 13.8 km (8.6 mi) highway bypass linking Parit Bunga in the northwest to Parit Sakai in the southeast.[1] The Kilometre Zero of the Federal Route 224 starts at Parit Sakai junctions.

Muar Second Bridge on Muar Bypass.

History[edit]

Between the 1990s and the 2000s, traffic congestion was prevalent at the Sultan Ismail Bridge and Muar town centre since the official opening of the North-South Expressway Southern Route between Ayer Keroh and Pagoh and the opening of the Tangkak and Pagoh Interchange on 1 April 1989. To this end, in 1998, the federal government announced that the new second bridge would be built at Parit Bunga to ease congestion on the existing bridge. In addition, a new bypass linking Parit Bunga to Parit Sakai would be built.

The Public Works Department of Malaysia (JKR) and the main contractor Ranhill Bersekutu Sdn Bhd Co began construction of the bypass in 2002.[2] The second bridge and the bypass were opened to traffic in 2004, while the rest of the project was completed in 2005.

In 2008, the highway was gazetted as the federal roads by JKR as Federal Route 224.

Project highlights[edit]

Construction of a 632-metre landmark single-plane semi harp cable-stayed bridge with a 132-metre mid-span across Muar River and a 13-kilometre road bypassing the town of Muar inclusive of one Parit Bunga Interchange.

This project had two key briefs:-

  • to alleviate traffic congestion in the Muar area by constructing a major bypass road with an elevated interchange over the existing junction.
  • to design and build a landmark bridge across Muar River.

The project involved Ranhill Bersekutu Sdn Bhd Co undertaking the engineering, design, construction, engineering, and environmental impact assessments and controls. Creativity was the key to the bridge design, with a need for aesthetic as well as functional considerations. With the rapid growth in the region, the bridge is set to become a defining feature of the local landscape, and had to be designed with this level of impact in mind. The result is a spectacular structure that is sympathetic to its surroundings, taking into account various environmental aspects. Use of new technology, combined with the unique method of construction - a cast-in-situ bridge deck segmental box girder – using the traveler formworks has increased ease of construction, minimised use of materials and proved to be cost-effective.

At the same time, the construction of the 13 kilometre bypass road also includes seven grade signalised intersections and five grade unsignalised junctions, cross culverts and drainage, as well as an elevated interchange over the existing junction. Ranhill also conducted a separate traffic study to ensure that the needs of the local community were being fully met.

With construction taking place within a mangrove area, the bridge and the earthworks for the road construction is carefully monitored through a specific government-approved environmental management plan, with the objective of retaining as much of the natural surroundings as possible.

Features[edit]

The main feature of the bypass is the Muar Second Bridge. Other features include a pedestrian bridge and the Parit Bunga complex interchange, which is the first of its kind in Muar. The bypass is a 4-lane carriageway with reserves land for future widening and construction of new interchanges.

At most sections, the Federal Route 224 was built under the JKR R5 road standard, allowing maximum speed limit of up to 90 km/h.

List of junctions and interchanges[edit]

Legend:


Km Exit Interchange/Junctions To Remarks
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0
EXIT 11 Parit Sakai Junctions Jkr-ft5.png Jalan Abdul Rahman

Northwest
Jkr-ft5.png Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja (Town Centre)
(Royal Town)
Jkr-ft5.png Tanjung Emas

Southeast
Jkr-ft5.png Parit Jawa
Jkr-ft5.png Batu Pahat
Jkr-ft5.png Johor Bahru
T-junctions
Jkr-ft224.png Muar Bypass
Start/End of Highway
EXIT 10 Jalan Temenggong Ahmad Junctions J31Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Temenggong Ahmad

Northwest
Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja (Town Centre)
(ROYAL TOWN)

Southeast
Parit Bakar
Parit Jawa
Junctions
EXIT 9 Jalan Dato' Haji Kosai Junctions J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Dato' Haji Kosai

Southeast
Parit Bakar Darat
Parit Jawa
Junctions
EXIT 8 Simpang Jeram Junctions Jkr-ft24.png Jalan Muar-Yong Peng

WEST
Jkr-ft24.png Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja (Town Centre)
(Royal Town)

East
Jkr-ft24.png Bakri
Jkr-ft24.png Parit Sulong
Jkr-ft24.png Yong Peng
Junctions
Sungai Abong Bridge
Parit Keliling Sungai Abong Bridge
Start/End of bridge
Sungai Abong Bridge
Sungai Abong Bridge
Parit Keliling Sungai Abong Bridge
Start/End of bridge
EXIT 7 Sungai Abong Junctions J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Sungai Abong

West
Sungai Abong
Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) district branch office
Junctions
EXIT 6 Kampung Tengah Junctions J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Kampung Tengah

Southwest
Kampung Tengah
Sungai Abong
Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) district branch office
Junctions
EXIT 5 Jalan Sungai Abong Baru Junctions J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Sungai Abong Baru

South
J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Sungai Abong
Sungai Abong
Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) district branch office
Junctions
Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg BHPetrol Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg
Sungai Runtong bridge
EXIT 4 Temiang Junctions J--Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Utama 1

South
Taman Temiang Utama
Jalan Kim Kee
Junctions
EXIT 3B Bukit Treh Junctions West
J24Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Salleh
J24Jkr-ft--.png Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja (Town Centre)
(Royal Town)

East
J32Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Muar-Labis
J32Jkr-ft--.png Labis
J32Jkr-ft--.png Bukit Kepong
J32Jkr-ft--.png Pagoh
J32Jkr-ft--.png Bukit Pasir
Bandar Universiti Pagoh University sign.jpg
E2 North-South Expressway Southern Route
Kuala Lumpur
Melaka
Johor Bahru
Junctions
EXIT 3A Jalan Bukit Treh Exit Jalan Bukit Treh

North
Kampung Bukit Treh
From Melaka only
EXIT 2 Jalan Ismail Desa Junctions J60Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ismail Desa

South
Jalan Bakariah
Medan Ikan Bakar Sabak Awor Food court (malaysia).jpg Recreation (malaysia).jpg
(Sabak Awor fish grill spot)
Junctions
Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Caltex Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg
EXIT 1 Bakar Batu Junctions J62Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Bakar Batu

South
Jalan Bakariah
Medan Ikan Bakar Sabak Awor Food court (malaysia).jpg Recreation (malaysia).jpg
(Sabak Awor fish grill spot)
Junctions
Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Toilet (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg ATM (malaysia).jpg Melaka bound
Sungai Muar bridge
Muar Second Bridge
632 m
Muar River
Start/End of bridge
موار
Muar
Sungai Muar bridge
Muar Second Bridge
632 m
Muar River
Muar-Tangkak district border
ليدڠ
Ledang
EXIT 0 Sungai Muar bridge
Muar Second Bridge
632 m
Muar River
Parit Bunga Interchange
North
Jkr-ft23.png Tangkak
Jkr-ft23.png Segamat
J33Jkr-ft--.png Bukit Gambir
Jkr-ft23.png Gunung Ledang
E2 North-South Expressway Southern Route
Kuala Lumpur
Melaka
Johor Bahru

South
Jkr-ft5.png Jalan Kesang
Jkr-ft5.png Tanjung Agas
Jkr-ft5.png Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja (Town Centre)
(Royal Town)
Half-diamond interchange with ramp to Tangkak
Start/End of bridge
Jkr-ft224.png Muar Bypass
Jkr-ft5.png Jkr-ft19.png Lebuh AMJ
Northwest
Jkr-ft19.png Jkr-ft5.png Lebuh AMJ
Jkr-ft5.png Melaka
Jkr-ft144.png Merlimau
Jkr-ft144.png Jasin
Continued to original route Jkr-ft5.png

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Jalan (Edisi 2013). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Public Works Department. 2013. pp. 16–64. ISSN 1985-9619. 
  2. ^ JOHOR MENTERI BESAR VISITS MUAR BYPASS 14 August 2002, Media Relations and Event Management, Bernama