THANE : The Mumbra bypass will be thrown open for vehicular traffic from Monday, September 10, as the repair work of the 3km-long stretch is completed, said officials from the public works department (PWD).
The bypass was shut since May 7, owing to its maintenance work as the road overbridge (ROB) was in a dilapidated state. The authorities had earlier said that the work will be completed by July, but it got delayed and extended to September due to heavy rain and cracks on some parts of the road.
"Most of the work is complete and only the finishing work was remaining, which was done by Sunday night. The bypass will be open for vehicular traffic from Monday. We have installed bearings on the upper part of the ROB and done the distressing work, which will help in decreasing the vibrations one feels while travelling on the bridge. We have made the ROB strong and even concretised the roads, which were earlier made of tar. We have placed retaining walls on some parts of the road. Also, we have installed crash barriers at most of the turns so that vehicles do not tumble down the valley or meet with an accident," said Asha Jatkal, assistant engineer from Panvel PWD. The head of the traffic department has also alerted officers posted at various junctions and check points to ensure that the trailers and trucks that are not aware about the Mumbra bypass being opened are able to make their way towards it instead of using internal routes. Authorities are even hoping that the congestion will reduce as thousands of heavy vehicles will use the bypass instead of internal roads in the city. "Since the past four months the trucks and trailers that plied to and from JNPT-Ahmedabad were not allowed to take the bypass. They used the interior parts of the city. Now since the bypass is open, the number of vehicles using the internal routes will decrease. They will not be allowed to enter the city during afternoons. Even the traffic officers have been told to divert heavy vehicles towards the bypass. It will take a day or more for drivers to be aware that the bypass is now open for vehicular traffic," said Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of police, traffic department. We have installed bearings on the upper part of the ROB and done the distressing work, which will help in decreasing the vibrations. We have even concretised the roads, which were earlier made of tar. We have placed retaining walls on some parts of the road