According to a report by The Star, about 60% of roads in Selangor, where some are between 30 to 40 years old, have “expired” and are the reason for consistent potholes and defects.
This issue was highlighted by Izham Hashim, Chairman of the State Infrastructure and Public Amenities, Agricultural Modernisation and Agro-based Industry Committee.
Izham pointed out that roads mature within 15 to 20 years and will require upgrading beyond that particularly to its sub-base layers. He also stressed that unless this is done, merely patching up the roads will not improve its conditions.
Overloaded vehicles have also been singled out as the other main contributor to road defects.
It was noted that the delay in resolving such issues could be due to a road falling under several government agencies along with a lack of communication between them. There are no such systems for federal roads.
It was reported that in 2019, Izham proposed to restructure the ownership and maintenance of roads in Selangor but discussions are still underway.