Saturday, December 24, 2005

Grade separator at Kengeri soon

Grade separator at Kengeri soon
Deccan Herald

TRAFFIC CLEARANCE * Work to begin in Feb 2006 * Project costs Rs 15 crore * Unique features: Cable-stayed bridge and four ramps

Traffic snarls on the Bangalore-Mysore State Highway, which links the Outer Ring Road at Kengeri, may soon become a thing of the past. The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) plans to soon construct a grade separator with a cable-stayed and suspension bridge at Kengeri, to ease the traffic congestion on the highway. The civil works of the project will commence in February 2006.

The project, to be taken up at a cost of Rs 15 crore, would be completed in 15 months (by May 2007), KRDCL Managing Director M R Kamble told Deccan Herald. Tenders have already been invited and the process will be completed in a month’s time. The agency that will be selected to implement the project will be decided in January or February next year, he said.

Four ramps

Mr Kamble said that the grade separator will be similar to the Airport Road flyover and there will be no traffic signals installed.

The cable-stayed bridge will be similar to the one set up near the K R Puram railway station. The grade separator will have four ramps — connecting the outer ring road (ORR) and the Bangalore-Mysore Road, the Bangalore-Mysore Road (from the Mysore side) to the ORR, and the Bangalore-Mysore Road (from Bangalore) to the ORR. The grade separator will not have any supports at the centre of the highway, thereby ensuring a smooth flow of traffic.

Also, work on the grade separator will not hinder vehicular movement on the State highway, Mr Kamble said.

Once the structure is completed, traffic congestion and accidents at the junction of the Bangalore-Mysore State Highway and the ORR at Kengeri will be reduced, he added.


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