Widening of the 56 years old Kopri Bridge is expected to reduce traffic snarls along the route.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has completed the work on two additional bridges on the Kopri Rail Over Bridge (ROB), under the first phase of the road widening project here. Standing as a key link between Mumbai and Thane, the upgraded road is presently undergoing beautification work and is ready for inauguration, added reports. The new links are pegged to ease and regulate heavy traffic on this route, once commissioned.
MMRDA to widen the Kopri Bridge at a ₹258.76 crore budget
A part of the octa-corridor Eastern Express Highway, the Kopri ROB in Mumbai narrows down to a 2 lane structure, causing severe traffic locks here during peak hours. Notably, several road-widening projects were proposed here by various agencies, including the PWD and MSRDC, in the past to regulate traffic for about 1.22 lakh vehicles that use the Kopri Bridge every day.
The first such proposition was tabled 13 years ago at a ₹9 crore budget. The delayed approval and implementation of the same increased the project cost to ₹258.76 crores, suggested official records. The redevelopment is presently being operated under the authority of the MMRDA, in two phases.
4-lane structure to ease traffic between Mumbai & Thane
The first phase of the Kopri Bridge revamp included the construction of two additional roads on one side of the ROB. Traffic was allowed to use the old structure during this time. In the second phase, the MMRDA will open the newly constructed lanes for traffic, demolish the old structure and build a new two-lane bridge in its place. All permissions are in order and the additional lanes will open to traffic soon, informed the MMRDA Chief.
The second phase will be kicked off simultaneously along with the inauguration and is expected to reach completion within 9 months. Once complete, the bridge will turn into a 4-lane structure, double its present size. As such, it will open more space for the traffic regulations, bringing respite from intense bottlenecks for passengers travelling between Mumbai and Thane.