Motorists heading towards the Western suburbs via Western Express Highway (WEH) might soon face traffic problems during evening peak hours at Kherwadi Junction, as the work on the northbound carriageway of the Kherwadi Junction flyover is expected to start by the end of August.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Commissioner, UPS Madan, confirmed, “We are ready to start the work of the northbound stretch of the flyover and expect to receive permission from the Traffic police department to commence it by August-end.”
Once the construction work starts, traffic jams are expected at Kherwadi signal and Bandra Reclamation. Though chances of it turning ugly during evening peak hours are high, MMRDA officials claimed that it would be less chaotic in comparison to the jams motorists experienced during the construction of the southbound arm of the flyover.
“Traffic will remain more or less unaffected, as vehicles will be diverted via one lane of the newly constructed flyover. We have already started installation of the plastic boulders for dividing the three-lane flyover. In the morning, all the lanes will be reserved for southbound traffic, but in the evening, one lane will be kept open for northbound traffic,” a senior MMRDA official said.
To ensure that the project is completed on time, MMRDA authorities said they have already written to the Traffic police department, seeking requisite permission to begin work by the end of this month. However, a senior traffic cop told mid-day that they have not received any letter from the development body.
580m: Total length of the Kherwadi Junction flyover