With the railways clearing its design part for construction of three bridges here, the Highways Department is in the process of designing the remaining part that would be sent for approval.
The government had in 2011 announced that bridges would be constructed at Chattiram, Mulvadi Gate, and Anaimedu and later at Sevvapet Market Station.
Officials in the department said that based on the design given by the railways regarding the height and length, the designs would be prepared considering the traffic flow and proposals would be send to officials in Chennai.
“Once the designs are finalised tender process would start and work orders be issued,” they added.
The bridge on Cherry Road is estimated to cost Rs. 59 crore, Bretts Road Rs. 80 crore and the bridge at Anaimedu is projected at Rs. 45 crore. But the land value in these areas have increased tremendously in the last few years and the project cost is expected to be revised later.
“A square feet at Mulvadi Gate is around Rs. 6,000 and each bridge would require minimum of 4,000 square feet. Hence land acquisition will take about six months, while completion of work will take at least two years depending on the contractor,” they added.
Increase in cost of construction materials, and labour, and allotment of funds were mostly delaying many ongoing projects in the city. Completion of these bridges is expected to ease the traffic congestion in the city as they connect the city with important places.