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INGENIEUR Jalan Birch - Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin Viaduct, Kuala Lumpur 1963 By Cheo Hong Keyong The viaduct between Jalan Birch (Jalan M a h a r a j a l e l a) and Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin was officially opened on March 15, 1963 by the then Prime Minister, Tu n k u A b d u l Rahman. The viaduct, built at a cost of RM3.5 million, connects Jalan Birch near the Shell Building and the Police Co- operative Building to Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin. It crosses over the Klang River overlooking the M ain R ail w ay Station and the Railway Admini s t r at io n Building. The viaduct was constructed to alleviate traffic congestion especially around the Jalan Sultan Sulaiman Bridge. With its completion, traffic from Klang and Port Swettenham could enter the Kuala Lumpur city centre with ease. The viaduct also symbolised a new era of highway construction after Malaysia gained independence in 1957. Cars carrying VIPs including the then Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman and well wishers at the official opening of the Jalan Birch-Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin viaduct on March 15, 1963. Photo courtesy of Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia Photo of the present road leading to the viaduct from Jalan Kinabalu direction. KL Map 1962. 6 80 VOL VOL 75 55 JULY-SEPTEMBER JUNE 2013 2018