Work to widen the bridges near the Madhya Kailash junction on Sardar Patel Road is likely to begin shortly with the Chennai Corporation planning to place the bid of the contractor before its Council for approval.

Official sources in the civic body said that the tender committee comprising senior officials and the financial advisor had recently recommended that the bid could be placed before the Council, whose next meeting is scheduled for April 29.

The junction, which gets clogged during rush hour, has two bridges next to each other — an old arch bridge that is around 100 years old and another that was constructed a few decades ago. The bridges together have four-lanes. After widening, there will be six lanes.

This point had been identified as a major bottleneck by traffic managers. As a result, vehicles from Rajiv Gandhi Salai are not allowed to take a right turn at the junction. Instead, they should take a ‘U' turn beneath the IIT flyover and proceed towards Adyar.

The contractor would first construct a bridge adjacent to the old bridge and then demolish the existing structure. Then the gap between the bridges would be linked.

The estimate of the work is Rs.2 crore. If the Council meeting approves the bid, the work is expected to commence next month. The contractor would have to complete the work within 10 months from the date of commencement.

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