Lalbaug flyover potholes to be filled by month end

Oct 14, 2011, 08:44 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav

At the end of Oct, MMRDA will mend potholes and resurface the tar layer, partially closing off lanes in the process

At the end of Oct, MMRDA will mend potholes and resurface the tar layer, partially closing off lanes in the process

Motorists using the city's biggest Lalbaug flyover, thrown open to public in June, may witness traffic jams this month end, as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will partially block its lanes to fix the potholes.

Troublemaker: The temporary closure of the four-lane flyover is sure
to cause traffic jams, inconveniencing the motorists greatly.  File pic

It will start resurfacing the tar layer on the flyover.

MMRDA, which constructed the 2.45-km flyover, faced criticism right after its inauguration, as potholes surfaced within two weeks of its opening. After commuters condemned the quality of the flyover built at a cost of Rs 150 crore, the authority had defended the construction, saying that the road's black topping was done just before monsoon, leading rains to eat away the surface in patches.

Further, the authority had also said that it would resurface the road as soon as the monsoon was over. MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawatkar said, "The resurfacing of tar layer and black topping of the road on Lalbaug flyover will begin by the end of this month. As such, the lanes of the flyover will be partly closed."

Asked if motorists would face problems with the ongoing work, the official said, "The work will be done in such a manner that it does not cause any inconvenience. We would see to it that traffic wardens are posted on the flyover when the work will be carried so that traffic jams do not occur."

However, the repair work would slow down traffic and may cause jams, as passengers use the route during peak hours to commute from suburbs to the city. Southbound motorists, going towards CST from Sion via Dr Ambedkar Road use the flyover during morning peak hours, and northbound motorists use it during the evening rush, making snarls inevitable if the roads are partially closed off.

Vijay Yadav, a biker, said, "The authority should carry out work in late hours. Otherwise, traffic jams would occur which will only cause inconvenience to the office goers."

The four-lane flyover helps motorists avoid seven vehicular and two pedestrian signals.

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