Central Spine Road

Central Spine Road (CSR) or Kuala Krai–Kuala Pilah Highway, Federal Route 34, is a new toll-free highway under construction in the center of Peninsular Malaysia. The 325 km (201 miles) highway is built to eventually replace the former two-lane Malaysia Federal Route 8 (Gua Musang Highway) and Malayaia Federal Route 9 (Karak–Tampin highway). Construction of CSR starts at Package 3 which is from Merapoh to Kampung Relong. It commences at Package 3 as the Gua Musang Highway passes through Chegar Perah which is prone to roadkill. The highway has a long eco-viaduct built in this section. Package 5 which is from north Raub to Karak will be built next, which will connect it to E8 Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway bypassing Bentong and Mempaga. This will help detour traffic from the steep mountainous grade between Raub and Bentong. It was formerly known as Central Spine Expressway.

Federal Route 34
Kuala Krai–Kuala Pilah Highway, Central Spine Road
Lebuhraya Kuala Krai–Kuala Pilah, Jalan Utama Tengah
Route information
Length325 km (202 mi)
Existed2012–present
HistoryCompleted in 2026
Major junctions
North endKuala Krai, Kelantan
Major intersections FT 34 Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai Expressway
FT 8 Federal Route 8
FT 185 Simpang Pulai–Kuala Berang Highway
East Coast Expressway FT 2 AH141 Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway
FT 2 Federal Route 2
FT 9 Federal Route 9
South endSimpang Pelangai, Pahang / Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
Location
CountryMalaysia
Primary
destinations
Gua Musang
Sungai Yu
Chegar Perah
Kampung Relong
Kuala Lipis
Raub / Sungai Ruan
Bentong
Karak
Mempaga
Kuala Pilah
Bahau
Seremban
Highway system

History

  • On 15 December 2016, section 3H (Kg. Kechur to Kg. Sbrg. Jelai) was opened to traffic
  • Phase 1 is a 51 km stretch from Kuala Krai to Jambatan Sungai Lakit in Kelantan.
  • Phase 2 spans 63 km from Jambatan Sungai Lakit to Gua Musang in Kelantan
  • Phase 3 covers 107 km from Gua Musang to Kampung Relong in Pahang.
  • Phase 4 comprises 56 km from Kampung Relong to Raub in Pahang
  • Phase 5, 54 km from Raub to Bentong
  • Phase 6, is 47 km and connects Bentong and Simpang Pelangai.

Features

  • Four lanes, two on each side[1]
  • A long eco-viaduct for wild animals crossing
  • Some sections are concrete paved, making CSR as the only newly completed road paved using concrete

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

From Kampung Sungai Yu to Chegar Perah and from Chegar Perah to Bukit Tujuh, it overlaps Federal Route 8 Merapoh Highway.

Federal Route 8 may eventually remain as an alternative route.

There are no sections with motorcycle lanes.

List of interchanges

KmExitInterchangeToRemarks
Through to FT 34 Kota Bharu–Kuala Krai Expressway
Kuala Krai
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 1
Start/End of highway
Under construction
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 1
Under construction
Sungai Lakit Bridge
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 2
Under construction
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 2
Under construction
Gua Musang
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3
Under construction
Mentara
Kelantan Darul Naim
Gua Musang district border
Kelantan–Pahang border
Pahang Darul Makmur
Lipis district border
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Under construction
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3
(Gua Musang–Kampung Relong)
Section 3F
JKR border limit
--Kubang Rusa Interchange FT 8 Merapoh Highway

West
Kampung Kubang Rusa
Merapoh
Gua Musang
Kuala Krai
Kota Bharu
FT 185 Simpang Pulai–Kuala Berang Highway
Cameron Highland
Ipoh
Tasik Kenyir
Kuala Terengganu

East
Kampung Sungai Yu
Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Yu
Parclo B-2 interchange
Sungai Yu Eco-Viaduct
Eco-Viaduct
--Sungai Yu Interchange FT 8 Merapoh Highway

West
Kampung Sungai Yu
Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Yu
Merapoh
Trumpet interchange
--Chegar Perah FT 8 Merapoh Highway

West
Chegar Perah
LILO Kuala Krai bound
--Chegar Perah FT 8 Merapoh Highway

West
Chegar Perah
LILO Kuala Krai bound
U-Turn FT 8 Central Spine Road

U-Turn
Chegar Perah
Sungai Yu
Kubang Rusa
Mentara
Gua Musang
Kuala Krai
Kota Bharu
U-Turn south bound
Under Construction
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3
(Gua Musang–Kampung Relong)
Section 3F
JKR border limit
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Under construction
FELDA Telang
Kampung Kechur
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3
(Gua Musang–Kampung Relong)
Section 3H
JKR border limit
Kampung Seberang Jelai
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3
(Gua Musang–Kampung Relong)
Section 3H
JKR border limit
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3J
Under construction
Kampung Relong
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 3
Under construction
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 4
Under construction
Lipis–Raub district border
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Package 5
Under construction
7Raub
Raub–Bentong district border
6ABentong Interchange FT 8 Federal Route 8
Bentong
Bukit Fraser
Diamond interchange
6Mempaga InterchangeMempagaRoundabout interchange
6AKLK Interchange East Coast Expressway FT 2 AH141 Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway

West
Kuala Lumpur
Genting Highlands

East
Gambang
Kuantan
Kuala Terengganu
Trumpet interchange
FT 34 Central Spine Road
Under construction
Kampung Telemong
Mancis
FT 34Central Spine Road
Start/End of highway
Under construction
--Simpang PelangaiNorthwest
FT 9 Karak
FT 9 Mancis

Southeast
FT 34 Kuala Klawang
FT 9 Kuala Pilah
FT 51 Seremban
T-junctions

References

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