Roller guardrails to be installed on more highways

By Reena Raj

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Motorists will soon be greeted with bright yellow guardrails at several spots along major highways following the success of a pilot project in Subang.

The road roller safety system — consisting of sturdy steel tubes with brighyt plastic cylinders that act as shock absorbers — had been placed on a 100m stretch along Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang heading to Federal Highway. 

The first in the country, the rollers reduce the impact of a collision and allows the vehicle to remain on the road instead of veering off it.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said no accidents had been reported at the stretch since the guardrails were installed. 

“The bright yellow colour rollers deter people from speeding and even if there were an accident, the rollers absorb the impact,” he said.

On Dec 28, Malay Mail had in a front page report revealed the ministry was testing the effectiveness of the Korean technology guardrail in minimising the number of vehicles crashing there. The guardrails were installed in Subang on Dec 7.

The rollers act by reducing the impact of a collision and ensure the vehicle remains on the road instead of veering off it.

The stretch in Subang was identified following the high number of accidents there. 

Fadillah has instructed the Malaysian Highway Authority to engage with highway operators and identify the locations where the new guardrails would be installed.

“Once a list is prepared, we will start installing the guardrails in stages,” he said.

He declined to disclose the cost of the exercise.

Fadillah said the colour of the plastic cylinders installed in Subang had faded but other components were still in good condition.

Talk of the technology — it is learnt South Korean firm ETI was behind the innovation — being a permanent feature along highways came about following a horrific bus accident in Pagoh on Christmas eve last year that claimed 14 lives.

The pre-dawn tragedy saw the bus slamming into a guardrail before plunging into a 10m ravine at Km137.3 of the North-South Expressway. 

The bus was ferrying passengers to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru.