After several instances of near collisions at the mouth of the Sahar elevated road, the city’s development authority has now installed additional signages on the Western Express Highway and the Santacruz Airport Flyover to use the newly-opened road to the new airport terminal, T2.
The entrance to the Sahar elevated road from the Western Express Highway is an underpass in the middle of the road at the Hanuman Road junction in Vile Parle, at a short distance from the Santacruz airport junction flyover. The underpass leads to an elevated road to the new terminal.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has installed instruction boards to inform commuters to keep to the right to take the underpass to access the freeway to T2.
The development authority has advised commuters on the north-bound carriageway of the Western Express Highway to avoid the right-most lane of the flyover while coming down on the ramp if they do not wish to go to T2. The MMRDA has said commuters using the north-bound slip lanes by the side of the flyover cannot access the underpass located on the right of the north-bound carriageway of the highway.
The newly-inaugurated Sahar elevated road, which takes commuters directly from the Western Express Highway to T2 in five minutes, had become an accident-prone area due to lack of sufficient sign boards and traffic advice. The road was recently opened to traffic on February 12.
Over the past few days, there were several instances of vehicles coming down from the airport flyover and continuing on the right-side lanes of the road to mistakenly enter the underpass. Commuters wanting to proceed on the Western Express Highway would then try to take a U-turn to join the highway back leading to chaos on the road. Some commuters, who did not wish to go to T2, slammed the brakes just before the underpass causing a domino effect.
Pratap Dighavkar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, “More and bigger signages are required. We had instructed the MMRDA accordingly. We are studying the ground reality and will suggest minor modifications in the traffic arrangements if required.”