NH-48 Belagavi Kolhapur Stretch all projects Details
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has begun the process of converting the Pune Bengaluru Highway, also known as NH-48/Asian Highway 47, from 4 lanes to 6 lanes. The stretch of highway being widened extends from the Honaga Industrial Area to the Hattargi Toll Plaza at the Karnataka-Maharashtra border. This project is aimed at reducing congestion and improving traffic flow in this section of the Golden Quadrilateral.
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The widening project has already commenced, and various diversions have been created, as well as shoulder lanes, to facilitate the expansion of the highway to 6 lanes. Additionally, the service roads at both ends are being widened from a single-lane to a two-lane road. The major infrastructural points in this widening project include an elevated viaduct (flyover), a new heightened Ghataprabha Bridge, and an underpass at the AEQUS Sez Cross.
NH-48 Vantmuri Ghats Elevated Viaduct
One of the most significant challenges posed by this stretch of highway is the steep gradient in the Vantmuri Ghat section, which can be dangerous for vehicles traveling downhill. Heavy vehicles such as trailer trucks and other lorries face challenges negotiating the uphill climb. To eliminate the gradient and ease the efforts of traveling in the Vantmuri Ghats, NHAI has decided to convert the entire stretch into an elevated corridor with a viaduct. Currently, work on the right lane is being executed, and pillars have been placed along the entire stretch. Girders and spans have also begun to be erected at the beginning and end of the corridors. The work on this stretch is progressing commendably fast.
The construction of the elevated corridor will eliminate the challenges posed by the Vantmuri Ghat section, making travel easier and safer for all motorists.
NH-48 New Ghataprabha Bridge
Additionally, the new Ghataprabha Bridge is being constructed to address the issue of the bridge being submerged in floods or during the monsoon season. The current bridge is low in height from the river bed, and the entire section is often closed off and cut off from the highway.
To address this issue, a new three-lane bridge is being constructed on both sides of the current bridge. The pillars on the right side of the bridge have already been erected, and work on the bridge is progressing at an impressive pace. NHAI expects the Ghataprabha Bridge to be ready before the monsoon season begins.
NH-48 AEQUS Underpass
Another major infrastructural point in this widening project is the construction of a new underpass for the AEQUS Cross. Currently, traffic or vehicles traveling to AEQUS must exit before entering the facility via a service road or take a right turn in the median gap. This process is often dangerous and can cause hindrances to traffic flow. To address this issue, a new direct access overbridge is being constructed on the cross for entry and exit into the AEQUS SEZ.
IL&FS Construction is undertaking all of these projects, and the pace of work is commendable. This stretch of the Pune Bengaluru Highway is an important part of the Golden Quadrilateral, and the widening project is being undertaken to keep pace with the growth of traffic in this section. The project is expected to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, and enhance travel safety for all motorists.
The Pune Bengaluru Highway’s conversion from 4 lanes to 6 lanes is a significant infrastructural project aimed at improving travel conditions in this section of the Golden Quadrilateral. The widening project includes the construction of an elevated corridor, a new heightened Ghataprabha Bridge, and an underpass at the AEQUS Sez Cross. The project is being undertaken by IL&FS Construction, and the pace of work is commendable. Upon completion, the project is expected to enhance travel safety, reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow for all motorists traveling along.
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