Along the southern coast of Johor Bahru is Jalan Abu Bakar. This is a main road used by many vehicles to bypass the traffic congestion in the city centre. Due to this reason, Jalan Abu Bakar becomes quite heavy with traffic crawls as well, especially during the morning and evening rush hours as well as on weekends.
Jalan Abu Bakar plays a pivotal role as a main road in Johor Bahru because it connects those coming in from the west. This means that people from the state who are around the Skudai and Taman Perling areas actually get connected to the city centre via Jalan Abu Bakar. Besides that, it is the alternate connecting link to the central district with the Second Link Expressway apart from Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
Landmarks and Subroads
Jalan Abu Bakar is located not far from the causeway that connects Malaysia with Singapore. It comes in from the east via Persiaran Tun Sri Lanang which joins with Jalan Abu Bakar before leading further into other suburbs. On the other end, Jalan Abu Bakar goes towards the east where it joins with Jalan Tun Dr Ismail which will then join with Jalan Ibrahim before crossing the Jalan Singapore-Sultan Iskandar to convene with Jalan Tanjung Puteri on the other side of JB.
This road is very nearby along the coast which is why it is quite a popular access road. Along the way, it passes by the Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar, the Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Johor, the Mahkamah Syariah Johor Bahru and then continue on towards the Panube Inn Johor. It will then convene with Jalan Lingkaran Dalam which goes up north and Jalan Skudai that leads further west.
As Jalan Abu Bakar is very much used by vehicles to bypass the city centre, it is commonly used by those travelling to and from Singapore. As such, you will notice a large segment of vehicles working adults who commute along this road towards Singapore for work and school. Besides that, Jalan Abu Bakar convenes with Jalan Tun Dr Ismail which is where the palace and the botanical gardens are located. This means that Jalan Abu Bakar is used by tourists and visitors who come towards these iconic landmarks. Not far from here is the Johor Bahru Waterfront where visitors using sea travel ports.
A large segment of Jalan Abu Bakar is made up of two-way traffic, one leading in and the other leading out of the city centre. As such, it is very common to experience peak to super peak traffic flow in the mornings along Jalan Abu Bakar on the flow coming into the city. This happens throughout weekday mornings and can last up to 10.00am. On the opposite direction meanwhile, traffic flow is moderate during these times but rises to super peak in the evening when vehicles are leaving the city and into other suburbs. On weekends however, the situation is slightly different here. Traffic conditions are usually moderate and even low but could peak during the afternoon on Sundays when there are more tourists coming into this road.