The flyover will cross Jayanthi-Theyagaraja theatres junction, the one after Marun- deeswarar temple and the RTO office
Work to construct a 1.3 km-long flyover crossing three junctions in Thiruvanmiyur is likely to commence by September.
According to the proposal, the flyover will cross the Jayanthi-Theyagaraja theatres junction, the one after the Marundeeswarar temple and the RTO office.
Sources in the highways department said the final detailed project report is under preparation for the four-lane flyover that will take off on West Avenue Road just after the bridge across the Buckingham Canal and land near the RTO office signal on the East Coast Road. Rough estimates put the cost of the flyover at Rs. 250 crore.
The highways department took up this proposal to decongest the Thiruvanmiyur junction after the Chennai Corporation dropped a plan to construct a flyover-cum-subway at the junction.
Local traffic from residential areas near the RTO office and vehicles from the ECR and those heading from Adyar and Rajiv Gandhi Salai and proceeding towards the ECR will benefit from this flyover that will come up on single pillars, similar to those being used in the construction of flyovers at Thirumangalam, Porur and Moolakadai and the Metro Rail project.
“This will take up very less road space and reduce land acquisition. Additional space would be required only at the two sides where the flyover takes off and lands — the ramps. On the ECR, two ramps have been planned — one for those going up and one for those coming down,” said a source.
N. Shiva, a resident of Kottivakkam, said that the flyover would be very useful for those travelling to the RTO office and beyond from Rajiv Gandhi Salai. “At least one section of traffic would be able to travel non-stop, thus reducing the number of vehicles taking the road. Another flyover crossing Lattice Bridge Road and landing near SRP Tools junction will also help,” he said.
Pedestrian subway in the works
A multi-directional pedestrian subway at the Thiruvanmiyur junction has been incorporated into the proposal. This would mean that pedestrians going from one side can get out at any of the other three sides.
V.V. Ramani, a resident of Thiruvanmiyur, said such a facility would be very useful but the highways department must ensure it is clean and safe to use.
“In Delhi, for instance, there are subways that have hawkers, but they are clean. But in Chennai, most subways are so filthy. The department must ensure that the subway is clean so that people are encouraged to use it,” he said.
As part of the proposal, Lattice Bridge road would also be widened and strengthened to allow hindrance-free traffic flow.