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WORK IN PROGRESS: To ensure a smooth drive on Avanashi Road in Coimbatore, the State Highways Department has begun a drive to replace the concrete rigid pavements with flexible blacktopping for 400 metres near the PSG College of Technology. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
WORK IN PROGRESS: To ensure a smooth drive on Avanashi Road in Coimbatore, the State Highways Department has begun a drive to replace the concrete rigid pavements with flexible blacktopping for 400 metres near the PSG College of Technology. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

V.S. Palaniappan

Work on re-laying part of Avanashi Road has already begun

Coimbatore: The State Highways Department is planning to immediately take up some of the major works such as re-laying of some of the important and battered roads in the city.

To begin with, the department had already begun relaying the centre portion of the Avanashi Road for 400 metres near the PSG College of Technology replacing the rigid pavement made of concrete surface. The authorities have planned to remove the decade-old concrete surface i.e., the rough pavement and replace it with flexible pavement. The water bound macadam works, followed by the blue metal and blacktopping works would be over within the next 15 days, since the work was being carried out round-the-clock, the Divisional Engineer of State Highways Department, Coimbatore, K. Thangadurai, said.

Educational institutions

The work on a war-footing would be completed before the commencement of examination season, since the road housed a number of educational institutions. Priority was also being given to complete the works before the onset of the South-West Monsoon.

Similarly, efforts are on to get the Avanashi Road stretch for 16 km from Neelambur Bypass Road Junction to Avanashi Road flyover. This would bring relief to the motorists going through the agony of travelling on the battered stretch from PSG Institute of Technology to Anna Statue via Lakshmi Mills junction.

The work at an estimated outlay of Rs. 27 crore was likely to be announced by the Chief Minister during his proposed visit to Coimbatore on February 24, officials said. The works include widening, strengthening and re-laying of the battered stretches of the Avanashi Road. The proposal would be to widen the road into a six-lane stretch to handle the growing traffic on this congested arterial stretch of Coimbatore.

The replacement of the rigid pavement and widening of the Avanashi Road stretch formed part of a project as a total package. Similarly, the proposal and estimates are in final stages for re-laying, widening and strengthening of the 6.2-km road from Gandhipuram Bus Stand to Ramanathapuram junction via Pappanaickenpalayam, Lakshmi Mills and Puliakulam at an outlay of Rs 3.5 crore. In the first phase, work on Gandhipuram to Lakshmi Mills junction would be taken up and simultaneously from Lakshmi Mills to Ramanathapuram junction. The entire work would be completed before the onset of South-West Monsoon, the official said.

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