Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pinning hope on flyover to ease traffic

Pinning hope on flyover to ease traffic
Thursday May 31 2007 08:33 IST

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Flyover construction work in progress at Yeshwantpur Circle in Bangalore.

BANGALORE: One of the most congested spots in the city - Yeshwantpur Junction, will be free of traffic snarls by this December. The flyover being constructed is billed to ease the traffic to a large extent.

Accumulation of traffic at this junction normally claims about 15 minutes of travel time. Two roads from Malleswaram side and two from Yeshwantpur join the Tumkur Road Highway, and another stream of traffic from West of Chord Road adds to choke the traffic at busy times.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief engineer (projects) A K Gopalaswamy said: ‘‘The peak traffic at Yeshwantpur Junction in the mornings is some 8,720 passenger car units (PCU) per hour and it is 9,293 PCU per hour in the evenings which is many times more than the capacity.’’ He allayed the fears that the work may get delayed due to monsoon. ‘‘The foundation system is almost in place, if anything, the rains would have affected the foundation work. The pile foundation is mostly in place with 50 of 90 piles driven, and it is just a matter of time before we cast the pile caps and subsequently the super structure,’’ Gopalaswamy said.

The length of flyover is 419.9-metre and is estimated to cost Rs 19.30 crore. It would comprise of a structural viaduct with a length of 250-m and the ramp on Tumkur side would be 52.70-m while that towards IISc would be 37.20-m. All the lengths would have 4 lane bi-directional traffic.

The project period is 18 month, but the probable date of completion would be December 31, Gopalaswamy said.


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