Second East–West Highway

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Federal Route 185
Second East-West Highway
(Simpang Pulai-Kuala Berang Highway)
Route information
Length: 313.6 km (194.9 mi)
Existed: 2001 – present
History: Completed in 2004
Major junctions
West end: Simpang Pulai, Perak
  Jkr-ft3150.png Jalan Lahat-Simpang Pulai
Jkr-ft1.svg Federal Route 1
Jkr-ft59.png Federal Route 59
Jkr-ft8.png Federal Route 8
Jkr-ft247.png Federal Route 247
Bukit Payung-Telemung Highway
East end: Kuala Jeneris, Terengganu
Cameron Highlands
Kota Bharu
Kuala Lipis
Gua Musang
Kenyir Lake
Kuala Terengganu
Highway system

Second East–West Highway (Malay: Lebuhraya Timur-Barat Kedua), also known as Simpang Pulai-Kuala Berang Highway, Federal Route 185, is a highway in Peninsular Malaysia which connects Simpang Pulai in Perak to Kuala Jeneris in Terengganu.[1] It overlaps with Federal Route 8 Federal Route 8 between Gua Musang and Sungai Relau. It is notorious for its many sharp corners which increase the risk of road accidents.

Route background[edit]

The Kilometre Zero of the Federal Route 185 is located at Simpang Pulai, Perak, at its junctions with the Federal Route 1, the main trunk road of the central of Peninsular Malaysia.


The highway used to be known as Perak State Route 181 from Simpang Pulai to Pos Slim before being extended eastwards and recommissioned as a federal highway. The construction of the highway began in 2001 and was completed in 2004. Phase 2 was completed at the end of 2010.

Location of the project[edit]

The route runs through the states of Perak, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, starting at Simpang Pulai and traversing through the main range at Lojing, then Chiku, before entering Jalan Felda Aring and ending at Kuala Jeneris.

Project scope of work[edit]

Second East-West Highway near Cameron Highlands.

The total distance of the road is 313.66 km (194.90 mi), excluding the 41 km existing road from Gua Musang to Chiku, Kelantan. The road is designed to Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) geometric standard of R3 with a design speed of 50 km/h.

In terms of riding comfort, this R3 standard falls in between the R5 or R6 standard for expressway (typically with a design speed of 80–110 km/h) and R1 or R2 standard such as the winding hilly road (typically with a design speed of 20–30 km/h).

Typically, the road is a two-lane single carriageway with a lane width of 3.5m and shoulder width of 2.5m. Climbing lanes are also provided at certain sections with steep gradient, to assist slow moving vehicles. The project also involves the construction of viaducts, bridges and culverts.

Those who want to go from Simpang Pulai to Kuala Berang/Kuala Berang to Simpang Pulai must go through part of federal route 8.

Estimated cost[edit]

The entire project is estimated to cost RM1.6 billion and divided into 10 packages for implementation.


Lojing Viaduct is the highest bridge in Malaysia.

At most sections, the Federal Route 185 was built under the JKR R5 road standard, allowing maximum speed limit of up to 90 km/h.

The highway overlaps with T156 Jalan Pengkalan Utama from Kenyir Lake to Kuala Jeneris.

Notable events[edit]

  • 20 December 2010 – Twenty-seven people, mostly Thai tourist were killed when the double-decked coach bus they were travelling in crashed at the Second East–West Highway of the Perak-Pahang border near Cameron Highlands, Pahang.

List of junctions and towns[edit]

This is a list of junctions and towns along the highway.

Km Exit Junctions To Remarks
Simpang Pulai
Simpang Pulai Junctions
Jkr-ft1.svg Ipoh

Jkr-ft3150.png Jalan Lahat-Simpang Pulai
Jkr-ft3150.png Lahat
Jkr-ft3150.png Pasir Pinji

Jkr-ft--.png Batu Gajah
Jkr-ft1.svg Gopeng
E1 North-South Expressway Northern Route
Alor Star
Kuala Lumpur
Jkr-ft185.png Second East–West Highway (Phase 1)
Simpang Pulai-Gua Musang
Start/End of highway
Simpang Pulai Fire Station
Sungai Raya bridge
Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Petronas Layby Parking (malaysia).jpg Petrol station (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Surau (malaysia).jpg
Simpang Pulai Quarry
Simpang Pulai Quarry
Start/End of four-lane carriageway
Start/End of four-lane carriageway
Perak Darul Ridzuan
Kinta district border
Perak-Pahang border
Pahang Darul Makmur
Cameron Highlands district border
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands
Avant Chocolate
Avant Chocolate
Cameron Highlands
Kampung Raja
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands (North) Junctions
Jkr-ft59.png Cameron Highlands
Jkr-ft59.png Kampung Raja
Jkr-ft59.png Tringkap
Jkr-ft59.png Brinchang
Jkr-ft59.png Tanah Rata
Tourist attractions
Cameron Highlands
Pahang Darul Makmur
Cameron Highlands district border
Pahang-Kelantan border
Kelantan Darul Naim
Gua Musang district border
Pos Sigar Pos Sigar Orang Asli village T-junctions
Sungai Pangoi bridge
Pos Brooke Pos Brooke Orang Asli village T-junctions
Sungai Lojing bridge
Pos Mering Pos Mering Orang Asli village
Lojing Highlands
Lojing Viaduct
Sungai Chenderoh bridge
Lojing Lojing Highlands T-junctions
Sungai Berok bridge
Kampung Sungkai
Ulu Nenggiri Junctions West
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Ulu Nenggiri
Ulu Nenggiri
Kampung Pilting
Jkr-ft185.png Second East–West Highway (Phase 1)
Simpang Pulai-Gua Musang
Gua Musang
Gua Musang Town Junctions
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Dabong-Gua Musang

Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Lipis
Jkr-ft64.png Jerantut
Jkr-ft8.png Raub
Jkr-ft64.png Taman Negara
Gua Musang-Chiku see also
Jkr-ft8.png Federal Route 8
Chiku Junctions
Jkr-ft8.png Kota Bharu
Jkr-ft8.png Kuala Krai
Jkr-ft185.png Second East–West Highway (Phase 2)
Gua Musang-Kuala Berang
Kampung Kabang
Sungai Lebir bridge
Kampung Lanchang
Kelantan Darul Naim
Gua Musang district border
Kelantan-Terengganu border
Terengganu Darul Iman
Hulu Terengganu district border
هولو ترڠڬانو
Hulu Terengganu
Kenyir Lake
Sungai Kembur Viaduct
TNB Puah Hydroelectric Dam TNB Puah Hydroelectric Dam T-junctions
Sungai Kelempai Viaduct
Pasir Pulau Viaduct
Sungai Purun Viaduct
Sungai Jeneris Viaduct
Jalan Pengkalan Utama Junctions South
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Pengkalan Utama
TNB Pengkalan Gawi Dam
Telemung Waterfall Recreation (malaysia).jpg
R&R blue.png Kenyir Lake Rest and Service Area Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg
Kenyir Lake
Kenyir Lake Junctions
Kenyir Lake
Recreation (malaysia).jpg Fishing (malaysia).jpg
Pengkalan Gawi Jetty (malaysia).jpg (Jetty)
Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa
Kenyir Lake Visitor Centre
Parking (malaysia).jpg Toilet sign (Malaysia).svg Food court (malaysia).jpg Surau (malaysia).jpg Information centre (malaysia).jpg V
Kenyir Lake Kampung Basung
Pelung Junctions North
Jkr-ft--.png Jalan Pelung
Kampung Pasir Duta
Jkr-ft185.png Second East–West Highway (Phase 2)
Gua Musang-Kuala Berang
Kuala Jeneris
Kuala Jeneris Junctions
Jkr-ft247.png Sungai Tong
Jkr-ft3.png Setiu
Jkr-ft3.png Besut

Jkr-ft247.png Kuala Berang
Jkr-ft106.png Ajil
Bukit Payung-Telemung Highway
Jkr-ft14.png Kuala Terengganu
Jkr-ft14.png Bukit Payong
E8 East Coast Expressway
Kuala Lumpur


  1. ^ Statistik Jalan (Edisi 2013). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Public Works Department. 2013. pp. 16–64. ISSN 1985-9619. 

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