Madurai

Need for better planning on elevated road work

Caught unawares: In the absence of caution boards, those taking New Natham Road will be startled to find contraptions hampering traffic flow.

Caught unawares: In the absence of caution boards, those taking New Natham Road will be startled to find contraptions hampering traffic flow.   | Photo Credit: G. Moorthy

No ‘men at work,’ speed restriction caution boards on New Natham Road

Road users using New Natham Road, where preliminary work on building an elevated highway is going on, are caught unawares in the absence of caution boards such as ‘Men at Work’ and restriction on speed limit.

Ever since National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken up soil testing work on a one-km stretch from Indian Oil roundabout to Athikulam junction for the highway planned at about ₹ 600 crore, vehicle movement on this arterial road has slowed down. The work, which began a month ago, has gathered momentum in the last one week. Five-feet-deep pits are being dug at select points round-the-clock and the samples are sent to laboratory.

Concrete medians constructed at a huge cost on this road only a year ago had been knocked off at several locations by the construction company for carrying out the soil test. As and when the test was completed, they should have either reconstructed the median or placed a barricade, a traffic police officer at the SP camp office junction said. “This has led to freak accidents. During non-peak hours, two-wheeler riders use the gap to overtake, which is dangerous,” he said.

With the carriage space shrunk on either side of the median, city buses stopping at bus stops block the road and hamper free flow of traffic.

Besides, absence of caution boards to reduce speed has resulted in accident a week ago. A speeding car hit a stationary lorry in front of the Collector’s camp office around 3 a.m.

Since the work involved several departments, the district administration should convene a meeting of officers from the highways, corporation, police and transport departments. A special team of police should man the stretch. The public should be kept aware of the ongoing work through boards at regular intervals. Once the work gathers steam, the traffic should be diverted to prevent accidents.

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