Shah Alam Expressway (SAE)
Malaysia (1994 - 1998)

The Shah Alam Expressway (SAE), completed on time for the Commonwealth Games in 1998, was the first expressway constructed by Gamuda on Build-Operate-Transfer basis after it was listed on the Main Board of the then Kuala Lumpur Stoc Exchange in 1992.

SAE was designed as an intra-urban link that serves as an alternative route to the highly congested Federal Highway. Connecting the city of Klang with the buzzing commercial district of Kuala Lumpur, SAE is a six-lane dual carriageway that measures 34.5km with four toll plazas and 74 toll booths.

In spite of working under extremely soft ground conditions, which required substantial ground treatment and reinforcement, the entire project was completed within four years. Some of the new ground treatment methods employed includes 1,000mm and 900mm diameter stone columns, prefabricated vertical drains, dynamic compaction and replacement, vacuum preloading and piled embankment works.

The expressway design is comprehensive and caters for exclusive cycling track on both sides of the carriageway. There are also a total of 27 bridges and 11 interchanges interspersed along the expressway’s alignment.

Serving as a gateway to the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, the final phase of SAE was opened in April 1998, in time for the Commonwealth Games the same year.

As the turnkey contractor for SAE involved in the detailed design, planning, construction and commissioning, Gamuda has proven itself as a self-sufficient, all-round contractor.


Client Government of Malaysia
Concessionaire Kesas Sdn Bhd
Turnkey Contractor Gamuda – Percon Joint Venture
Scope of Works
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Supervision
  • Commissioning
Project Facts
Length: 34.5km
Carriageway Width: 3.75m/lane
Number of Lanes: 6
Emergency Lanes: 3m (Both sides)
Cycle Tracks: 5m (Both sides)
Interchanges: 11
Bridges: 27
Vehicular Underpasses: 3
Toll Plazas: 4
Toll Booths: 74
Rest & Service Areas: 2
Emergency Telephone: 1.5km apart