The Rs. 260-crore grade separator executed by NHAI inaugurated
CHENNAI: A few changes in the movement of traffic have been introduced at the Kathipara junction, where Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi inaugurated a grade separator on Sunday.
The new arrangement came into effect after 9 p.m. on Sunday, a press release issued by the suburban commissionerate said.
Vehicles proceeding from Guindy towards Vadapalani shall proceed straight along the ramp beneath the flyover, which leads to the Vadapalani side, and merge with the traffic on the main flyover.
Traffic proceeding from Guindy towards Porur shall keep right and proceed straight along the ramp beneath the flyover.
Vehicles proceeding from the airport towards Porur shall keep left at the ground level (behind the defence monument and through the Rajiv Gandhi arch).
Vehicles proceeding from the airport towards Guindy shall proceed along the flyover and take the free left downwards and thereafter proceed straight along the flyover (as is being followed now). Traffic proceeding from the airport towards Vadapalani shall proceed along the flyover, as is being followed now.
Vehicles proceeding from Vadapalani towards Guindy would have to keep left and proceed along the slip road at the ground level.
Traffic proceeding from Vadapalani towards the airport shall keep right and proceed along the main flyover, as is being followed. Vehicles proceeding from Vadapalani towards Porur shall proceed along the flyover and take left turn along the loop (Le Meridian Loop) towards Porur.
Traffic proceeding from Porur towards Guindy shall take Paulwells Road and proceed along the ramp straight (right lane) towards Guindy.
Traffic proceeding from Porur towards the airport shall proceed straight along the ramp and take left through Loop (HTL) and merge with the traffic on the main flyover. Vehicles proceeding from Porur towards Vadapalani shall take Paulwells Road and thereafter take a free left adjacent to the flyover towards Vadapalani.
The National Highways Authority India (NHAI) executed the grade separator project, which cost over Rs.260 crore.
A few months ago, one arm of the clover-shaped grade separator connecting GST Road and the Inner Ring Road was opened for vehicular traffic.
This is the first big grade separator in this part of the country.
Reasons for delay
Contractual problems and escalation in the cost of raw materials had resulted in delay in completion of the project.
The NHAI had proposed multi-level grade separators at different points in the city including Koyambedu and Padi with the objective of reducing traffic intensity in the city.
The project is also aimed at reducing travel time, saving fuel and bringing down vehicular emissions.