MANGALURU: A month after Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari virtually laid the foundation stone for the twin one-way bridges with six lanes across River Phalguni at Kulur, construction works are expected to start soon.
Shishu Mohan, Project Director, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Mangaluru, told TOI, the construction of a six-lane bridge in the middle of the existing two bridges, connecting Udupi with Mangaluru will be taken up by Shinde Developers Pvt Ltd at an approximate cost of Rs 70 crore and is expected to be completed in 18 months. The pre-construction activities have begun, he said.
Presently there is a bowstring bridge on the left-hand side towards Mangaluru, that was built in 1952 and was closed for two months last year for structural strengthening after it developed potholes and craters on its surface as well as approach roads.
“The RCC girder bridge is on the right-hand side towards Udupi side traffic. Aaarve Associates consultants appointed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), submitted a report stating the need for the reconstruction of the bowstring bridge and rehabilitation of the RCC girder bridge,” said Mohan.
“Accordingly, a detailed project report has been carried out and submitted for the construction of a six-lane bridge in the middle of the existing two bridges. Further on the left-hand side, a new service road bridge is proposed for traffic heading to Mangalore by strengthening the existing arch bridge. The existing bridge on the right-hand side will be rehabilitated and used as the service road for traffic heading to Udupi. The total project length is 776 metres, while the main bridge and the service road bridges will be 182.5 metres long. The administration has decided to solve land-related issues,” said Shishu Mohan.