Vehicles trying to squeeze through the Hope College bridge on Avanashi Road in the city. Any motorist heading for areas beyond Hope College or those entering the city through Avanashi Road should be prepared for a horrendous experience. Waiting for green signal and wading through a disorderly traffic are a real test of one’s patience and driving skills. The traffic moves inch by inch because of the ongoing work for construction of another Rail over Bridge (ROB) at the Hope College Junction.
The entire stretch of Avanashi Road from the flyover to Neelambur bypass road measuring about 16 km is being widened into a six- lane road by the State Highways at an outlay of Rs. 27 crore. The project includes construction of bridges replacing the existing 13 small bridges and culverts. While the work for 12 bridges is almost complete, the authorities are hopeful of opening them for traffic within 30 to 45 days.
The bridge at the Hope College Junction over the railway line remains a major cause for concern because of traffic snarls caused every day during peak hours. The Hope College bridge is a narrow two-lane bridge. The railways is constructing a three-lane bridge which is nearing completion. After it gets ready for traffic, the authorities propose to demolish the existing bridge and start construction of another three-lane bridge. Span work will be done by the railways and the Highways department will lay the approach road for the second bridge.
State Highways Divisional Engineer K. Vellingiri said efforts were being made to speed up the pace of the ongoing work while funds were ready for the three-lane bridge. In the diversion path created, the motorists had complained of dust emanating whenever there was heavy flow of traffic. Now efforts were on to lay a road there. Meanwhile, the city police have deployed 10 constables to ensure free flow of traffic within the available space at the junction. Members of the public also step in to regulate traffic assisting the police during the peak hours.