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New Koraiyar bridge to be opened in July

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The new two-lane bridge built across Koraiyar river to ease traffic flow on the Chennai - Trichy - Dindigul Road is nearing completion and will be thrown open to traffic within a month. Though the state highways department had initially planned to open the bridge in May, officials said that the bridge near Karumandapam will now be open for public in July.

Sources said that the state highways (SHU 154) road maintained by Trichy highways division beginning from Trichy Junction RoB passing through Ponnagar and Karumandapam had been facing bottlenecks. The congestion was attributed to narrow motorable space in the existing two-lane bridge across Koraiyar river. While the SHU 154 road stretch is a four-lane with centre median, the existing bridge across Koraiyar is two-lane in width, thus causing vehicular movement to slow down for a while near the bridge.
To overcome the mismatch, a proposal was mooted by the highways department to construct a new two-lane bridge across the river, adjacent to the existing bridge. Work on the new bridge commenced in March at an estimated cost of Rs 5.39 crore. While officials maintained that the bridge would be opened for traffic by May, construction work wasn’t completed yet.
“Civil works pertaining to the two-lane bridge have been completed. Works are progressing to complete approach roads for a distance of 100m in Trichy end and 120m in Dindigul end, on either sides of the bridge. We expect the works to conclude by end of this month,” an official with the state highways department said.
The under progress approach roads will be equipped with a centre median and will be 7.50m in width to facilitate free movement of vehicles to and from the city on the Chennai - Trichy - Dindigul highway.

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