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Officials hopeful of getting Valadi bridge ready by August

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI, NOV.25 . The tardy pace of work on the construction of the road overbridge across the railway level crossing at Valadi on the Tiruchi-Ariyalur-Chidambaram Highway has caused much consternation among locals as the construction site has become a major traffic bottleneck on the busy road in recent months.

Though the project has been slowed down pending the shifting of the drinking water mains running across the site, highways authorities have expressed the hope that the bridge will be completed by August as per schedule.

Thousands of residents and students commuting from Lalgudi, its surrounding villages and even Ariyalur, to Tiruchi have been put to hardship owing to frequent traffic snarls on the spot over the past one year. The commuters had a harrowing time for about a week as the recent rain had made a slush pool of the construction site and traffic was suspended after a couple of heavy vehicles got stuck in the middle. Even shuttle services were run by a few bus operators from either side of the level crossing for about a couple of days.

In the absence of any alternative route for diversion of traffic, buses and cement- and sugarcane-laden lorries, have to necessarily negotiate the construction site, albeit with much difficulty. Very often overloaded goods vehicles get stranded on the narrow kutcha roads running alongside the construction site.

While the Railways has almost constructed the portion of the bridge on their land, the Highways Department, which has to construct the approach roads, has so far completed just about 30 per cent of the work. The bridge, sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs.10.75 crores, would run for a total length of about 703 metres with 23 spans. About 5,478 sq.metres of land is to be acquired for the project and the land acquisition process is said to be in the final stages.

Foundation laying for the spans has been completed on one side. Work on the erection of the piers is currently underway on the Tiruchi Road. The work has been slowed down, as the TWAD Board is yet to shift the drinking water mains. The Highways Department has already paid Rs.17.59 lakhs to the Board towards the expenditure. Only after the water mains were shifted, some of the piers could be erected.

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