Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BDA plans underpass at Hebbal flyover

BDA plans underpass at Hebbal flyover



N R MadhusudhanFirst Published : 23 Nov 2009 04:09:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 23 Nov 2009 08:16:55 AM IST
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is contemplating constructing an underpass at the Hebbal flyover, instead of the loops that were proposed to make the junction signal free.
Construction of an underpass would necessitate a traffic signal to regulate vehicular flow from Marathahalli side towards Yelahanka and from Yelahanka towards Yeshwantpur. It would, however, ease traffic flow from Maratha hall it owards Yeshwantpur.
According to the earlier plan, two loops were to be constructed to make the junction signal free.
One loop was for traffic flow from Marathahalli to Yelahanka and the other from Yelahanka to Yeshwantpur. Both loops were to pass above the existing Hebbal flyover.
The change has been suggested by the technical committee after studying the conditions at the site and the costs involved.
The major problem that BDA would face while constructing the underpass is managing traffic as the flow of vehicles on both the roads that converge at the junction is heavy. Moreover, there are limited options for constructing an alternative temporary road as there is a tank on one side of the road and a railway track on the other.
Moreover, the existing flyover has limited space below it.
“We are still in the initial stages. We have to plan the underpass and we will have to construct it as soon as possible to reduce traffic congestion at the junction. It will take at least 12- 15 months to construction the underpass,” said a BDA official.

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