Mangaluru

Administration yet to decide on NHAI’s plea for closing down Kulur bridge

NHAI has proposed to close down the old arch bridge across the Phalguni on National Highway 66 at Kulur as it has become dilapidated and unsafe.

NHAI has proposed to close down the old arch bridge across the Phalguni on National Highway 66 at Kulur as it has become dilapidated and unsafe.  

NHAI proposes a six-lane bridge in between the two existing bridges

National Highways Authority of India’s pleas to close down the dilapidated old arch bridge across the Phalguni on National Highway 66 at Kulur that takes traffic from Udupi-side towards Mangaluru for safety reasons are yet to be heeded by the Dakshina Kannada district administration.

The arch bridge constructed in 1952 has outlived its existence, NHAI had told the administration in a series of letters. Consultants hired by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to examine the bridge’s stability have said that various components of the bridge have either become weak or corroded thereby rendering it unsafe.

At the present condition, the bridge can take up to 30 tonnes of load with vehicular speeds restricted to 15-20 kmph and there is no scope for its further repair, the consultant said. As such, it proposed re-construction of the bridge. Stating that Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel had sought its reconstruction because of the poor condition, NHAI told the administration that a detailed project report for construction of a new six-lane bridge between the two existing bridges is almost ready. The new bridge would be part of six-laning the Nanthoor-NITK Surathkal Port Connectivity Project Road being taken up by New Mangalore Port Road Company, of which New Mangalore Port Trust too is a stakeholder. NHAI’s Regional Office in Bengaluru recently wrote to the district administration saying that the detailed project report and tender documents are likely to be ready by April-end. Construction of the new bridge would take atleast 18-24 months, including the tendering process, it said. As such, the office sought the administration’s order to shut down the old bridge for traffic in view of its dilapidated condition and arranging for alternative routes for vehicles.

Alternative route

The NHAI has proposed to allow two-way traffic on the new bridge across the Phalguni [that carries traffic from Mangaluru towards Udupi] for commercial vehicles up to 16-wheels.

Commercial vehicles with more than 16-wheels, on both directions (North and South), may be diverted via Surathkal-Kana-Bajpe-KPT, NHAI said.

Meanwhile, light vehicles from Udupi towards Mangaluru may continue to use the old arch bridge, the authority said.

The Subrahmanya Temple at Kulur comes on the alignment of the proposed six-lane bridge and both NHAI and the administration would have to resolve the issue.

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