Sunday, August 24, 2008

Elevated road lets you zip to new airport

Elevated road lets you zip to new airport
Centre Plans Six-Lane Track From Yelahanka To Hebbal

Bangalore: Driving to the Bengaluru International Airport could soon be a stress-free ride. You will be able to zip by on a huge network of gigantic elevated and signal-free highways.
A six-lane elevated highway will connect Yelahanka to Hebbal and a network of eight highways will connect Yelahanka to BIA. The central government is building the superstructure at a cost of Rs 450 crore. In the project’s second phase, the number of lanes will be increased to 12.
“This will not only reduce congestion on the road to the international airport, but also take care of growth of traffic in future,’’ Union minister of state for surface transport K H Muniyappa told reporters here on Saturday.
According to him, the Centre had extended its plans of building a dedicated elevated corridor between Hebbal and Yelahanka to the BIA. As per earlier plans, the Hebbal-Yelahanka corridor was to have six elevated lanes and eight roads beneath. The stretch between Yelahanka and BIA will be similar except that it will not be elevated. It will have eight surface roads and be built such that there’ll be scope for expansion. “To start with, it will have six lanes and two service roads. However, its design will be flexible and another six lanes will be added in a few years,’’ Muniyappa said. Work will start by November and completed in 24 months.
Significantly, the elevated corridor will be built with just one pillar as the base. “It will be built with state-of-the-art technology, the minister said, adding, “The project has got Centre’s administrative and financial approval.’’
New surface and service lanes will be built all along the corridor. These will have interchanges that allow people to change lanes and use alternative roads. “The corridor and the highway will have extra land for possible expansion in future,’’ Muniyappa said.
He admitted that work on the Hosur Road elevated expressway was slow. “However, we are taking it up on priority and hope to complete the work in one year,’’ he said.


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