COIMBATORE: The state government is planning to open the new flyover at Ukkadam within two weeks. Built at a cost of 320 crore, this 1.8km long, 15 metres wide flyover would help reduce traffic congestion on the busy Ukkadam-Pollachi road.
A state highways department official said the work on the down and up ramps connecting Ukkadam with Sungam bypass road was still going on and the same would take two more months for completion.
He said the down and up rams connecting Pollachi Road and Palakkad Road with Athupalam Junction were ready. “Vehicles heading to Pollachi Road and Palakkad Road from the NH Road could use the up ramp next to the Ukkadam police station. Likewise, vehicles heading to Oppanakkara Street from Palakkad Road and Pollachi Road could use the down ramp at Ukkadam.”
District collector Kranthi Kumar Pati said, “We have sent the project completion details to the government. We hope that the completed areas of the flyover will be opened for motorists within two weeks.”
He said the work on painting the parapet wall of the flyover and laying steel pipes carrying electric wires to the street lamps was also underway. “The bitumen road work on the flyover is completed and street lamps are also installed. More than 100 workers have been working round the clock to complete the flyover work.”
The collector said the Ukkadam-Athupalam stretch would be freed from traffic congestion during the peak morning and evening hours upon the completion of the entire project.
Another source said the city corporation would bear the charges for the streetlights fixed on the flyover a few days ago. “The private firm who bagged the tender for the project will maintain the flyover for five years. After that, the flyover will be handed over to the National Highways.”

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