The East-West highway (Lebuhraya Timur-Barat) connects the cities of Gerik and Jeli in the north of west Malaysia, and provides a connection between the east and west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Completed in 1982, the highway is 215km long and consists mostly of only two lanes, with only some sporadic three lane sections. The highway crosses two mountain ranges, the Bintang range and the Titiwangsa range, reaching over 1100m at its highest point. Despite the designation as a highway, due to the road conditions, curves and speed limits, the average travel speed averages around 60-70km/h. Close to the Belum state park there are street signs warning of elephants and tapirs crossing the road.
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