The Versova Bridge in Mumbai will open up for traffic on September 25
People entering the city via Mumbai Ahmedabad National Highway No.8 will have to brace heavy traffic in line with the ongoing repair work at the Versova Bridge. Built over the Bhayandar creek, this 50-year-old route will remain closed for vehicular traffic for the next 48 hours. The route will reopen on September 25.
Traffic towards Gujarat diverted to Ghodbunder Road
The usual Versova Bridge traffic will be directed to the two-lane Mumbai-bound bridge during this period. The DCP of Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar Commissionerate reportedly stated that traffic cops have been deployed to the bridge to diminish any disarray that arises due to intense traffic snarls here.
According to NHAI figures, an average of 50,000 vehicles use the 49-meter bridge built over the Versova creek daily for transport. As such, several motorists are already facing many issues because of the bridge shutdown and the monsoon, read reports.
Besides, all heavy vehicles, such as multi-axle, trucks, buses, are being re-routed towards Gujarat via the Ghodbunder Road and then Mumbra-Kharegaon toll plaza, added the DCP. All heavy vehicles have been banned from using the bridge since Tuesday.
The Versova Bridge has undergone repairs previously in 2017 and 2020, shutting down for public use for a few hours. Additionally, periodic inspections also take place here to identify any wear and tear. As per reports, the authorities have adopted this practice to avert a tragedy such as the 2016 Mahad bridge collapse, which claimed the lives of 20 people.