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Three bridges in north Chennai to be widened

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Three bridges in and around north Chennai are to be widened as part of the measures to ensure smooth flow of traffic, reduce travel time and enhance road safety.

The first project involves widening of a bridge at Tiruvottiyur by the Highways Department to improve connectivity between Tiruvottiyur and Manali, an industrial hub.

Widening of the facility, located near Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) refinery, was a long-pending demand of the residents of Manali and Tiruvottiyur, said M. K. Elamvazhuthi, secretary, Manali-Sekkadu Environment and Consumer Protection Welfare Association. Accidents and traffic congestion are common as the bridge constructed in 1950s is narrow, he added.

“Motorists have to vie for space with heavy vehicles bound for Manali and MTC buses on the bridge. The other alternative for the residents of Manali is to take a detour of eight km via Ennore Expressway to reach Tiruvottiyur,” he said.

The Highways Department is set to float a tender within a month to widen the two-lane bridge in to a four-lane facility.

The project is to be taken up under Chennai Metropolitan Development Scheme. Officials said the existing facility is 800 metre long and 6 metre wide. The width would be increased to 15 metre, including provision of 1.2 m wide median.

The traffic volume on the bridge has increased manifold over the past few years. The facility witnesses a volume of 8,000 passenger car units daily, much more than the 2,200 PCUs estimated in 2002. The project, to be implemented at a cost of Rs.2.70 crore, would be completed in 18 months.

Two more bridges across the North Buckingham Canal would be repaired and widened following a proposal from Water Resources Department. Officials of the WRD said the canal is being widened from 15 m to 40 m in various stretches between Ennore and near Central railway station.

Widening of the bridges across the canal was imperative as it would facilitate free flow of water.

In view of the recommendation from WRD, the Highways department would be taking steps to widen the Manali Road bridge at Korukkupet.

Likewise, the National Highways Authority of India would undertake repair works, including replacement of hand rail and blacktopping of the surface, at the bridge on Ennore Expressway between Kargil Nagar and Satyamurthy Nagar. Widening of the facility is under consideration, NHAI sources said.

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