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New bridge coming up across Coleroon



A new bridge would come up soon across the Coleroon near the Grand Anicut connecting Thiruvanaikovil Road and Grand Anicut Road benefiting residents of Tiruchi and Thanjavur districts.

The bridge, being built by the Projects wing of the Highways Department, would link Kilikoodu in Tiruchi district and Koviladi in Thanjavur district. The new bridge has been sanctioned at a cost of ₹67 crore and work on erection of piles for the structure on the river bed is under way. The bridge would run for a distance of about one kilometre and have 24 spans. The total width of the bridge would be 12.90 metres and the carriageway would be 10.50 metres wide.

According to sources in the Highways Department, 80 of the 180 piles for the bridge have been completed. The work, which commenced in December last year, is scheduled to be completed in 36 months. The project was announced by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa during the Collector’s conference held in December 2013.

The Highways Department has widened and strengthened the left bank of the Cauvery that leads to the Grand Anicut from the city. The road has been widened to a width of 10.5 metres from 5.5 metres. The Grand Anicut can be reached from the city, off the Tiruchi-Chennai Bypass Road, within a few minutes as the distance is just about 12.5 km.

The project was executed last year under the Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme at an estimate of ₹39.50 crore.

Once the new bridge comes up, the road would provide a quicker and shorter access to places such as Kumbakonam from Tiruchi.

The department had also taken up strengthening and widening of Tiruverumbur-Kallanai Road at a cost of ₹2 crore.

The road would be strengthened for a stretch of about 4.6 km from Tiruverumbur to the point where it joins the Cauvery right bank. This again is an important road used by tourists visiting Kallanai via Tiruverumbur.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/new-bridge-coming-up-across-coleroon/article19438541.ece

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