Important bus routes will be reopened providing relief to commuters
TIRUCHI: The six-year long ordeal endured by residents of Palakkarai and Bheema Nagar areas will finally end on Friday with the opening of the Palakkarai road overbridge for traffic.
The re-opening of the important bus route section should also come as a huge relief for road users as the closure of the Palakkarai Main Road had put the other arterial roads under heavy pressure due to traffic diversions.
Though the over-bridge was formally declared open by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on November 11, traffic was allowed only on the Heber Road-Warehouse section of the T-shaped bridge.
The other half of the bridge, running across the Uyyakondan river, remained closed to allow `curing' of the concrete structure.
The bridge, with 50 spans, has been constructed at a cost of Rs.16 crore.
It would be the last one to be completed among the four bridges, sanctioned for the city in 1998.
The actual construction work on the bridge commenced in March 2000 and ever since residents of Palakkarai and Bheema Nagar have been put to much hardship without proper access roads.
With buses operating via Palakkarai were diverted initially via Thillai Nagar and later through Thennur, residents of several colonies were left without access to public transportation.
On Thursday, Highways authorities were engaged in giving the finishing touches to the approach roads to the bridge, especially near the Prabhat Theatre junction. A traffic island will come up soon at the tri-junction.
Though service lanes and the approaches on the other sides have been black-topped, the approach road from the Prabhat Theatre Junction would be blacktopped after a few days to allow `compacting' of the WBM (water bound macadam) road layer, highways officials said. However, this would be done during night hours without any suspension of traffic on the bridge, they said.