The traffic moving from Dahisar to Bandra along the Western Express Highway continued to be affected on Saturday owing to repair work on the southbound carriageway of the Kalanagar flyover in Bandra.
The Mumbai Police’s Traffic department, however, claimed that the traffic flow had improved on Saturday and the congestion on Friday had been caused as “people were caught unaware” by the repair work.
“On Friday, people were caught unaware by the ongoing work, leading to traffic jams. Two extra lanes have been provided for the traffic, moving south. Two northern lanes are being used. Traffic is mostly moving smoothly, except at Kherwadi junction,” said Sanjay Jadhav, DCP, Traffic (suburbs).
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According to Jadhav, while indicators had been put up along with route, commuters did not know of the ongoing work on the flyover. It is likely to continue till Monday morning. “We have also diverted traffic to BKC, Aarey Bridge and SV Road to reduce congestion on this route,” he added.
Construction of the bridge had begun on July 10, 1996, and after three years, it had been opened for the public, on May 6, 1999. Since then, the bridge’s expansion joints haven’t been replaced. The PWD is repairing the six expansion joints of the southbound carriageway. It started the work on Friday afternoon.
Similar work was undertaken on Vakola flyover on April 23, a weekend, this year. Motorists had faced similar traffic congestion on the Western Express Highway, then.
Traffic police officials said that the PWD had also sought permission to carry out work on the northbound carriageway of the flyover but were yet to get it.
“We will have to study the feasibility, before giving permission,” said Jadhav.