Four-lane, high-level facility, part of road-widening project, to come up alongside existing causeway
A new four-lane high-level bridge is to come up across the Palar river on the East Coast Road beyond Kalpakkam.
The bridge will ease traffic on the existing two-lane facility, which not being wide enough does not permit free flow of vehicular movement.
Tenders are to be floated for construction of this facility soon. The Rs. 134-crore bridge is being built as part of the proposed widening of the road. According to sources, the new bridge, which will be constructed in two years, will come up on the right side of the existing causeway, which was strengthened in 2009. After the completion of the four-lane facility, the causeway will allow slow-moving vehicles, two-wheelers and pedestrians.
Meanwhile, the detailed project report for the widening of the road from Akkarai to Mamallapuram is under process. The road is being widened on land available with the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC). After widening, the road up to Mamallapuram will be provided with a median.
“We have done a safety audit and analysed accidents on the road and have found that more number of accidents happen only on straight stretches as people drive very fast. Multiple collisions happen here and many of them are fatal,” a source said.
The stretch from Mamallapuram to Puducherry is not being widened in the first phase but curve corrections at 13 locations and junction improvements at seven spots are being taken up. Both the widening and the improvement works would be taken up simultaneously.
Work on constructing the two additional lanes would take two years to complete.
The 113.2-km long ECR, a toll road is being managed by the TNRDC. The road has been in existence since 1998 and it became a toll road in 2002.Around 10,000 vehicles use the road on weekdays and 13,000 vehicles, during weekends.