Work on Kalwa bridge starts, no-entry rules for heavy vehicles
Work on the third Kalwa bridge over Thane creek has finally started.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will spend Rs185 crore to build the 2.4-km bridge.
Only pedestrians and twowheelers are allowed to use the first Kalwa bridge built in 1918.
The Thane traffic police have now barred entry for heavy vehicles on the second Kalwa bridge from 7am to 11pm.
“The work will be completed in 30 months. We have banned heavy vehicles for a smooth completion of work,” said a TMC engineer.
The second bridge was built by TMC in 1995-96. The fourlane bridge is overcrowded with vehicles. “During the day, there is heavy traffic on the bridge. The Kalwa bridge is the only connecting route to Navi Mumbai. State Transport and NMMT, TMT buses ply on the bridge, making it congested and busy,” said sources from the traffic police.
The will continue till bridge work is completed.
The heavy vehicles can use Mumbra bypass-Kharegaon toll naka to Nashik or Ahmedabad highway and Eastern Express Highway- Anand Nagar toll plaza to Mulund-Airoli Road.
“Kalwa junction sees 7,000 vehicles every day. After the ban on heavy vehicles on the road, we hope the traffic will reduce by 3,000 vehicles. This will help the construction work,” said a traffic police officer.
TMC has started building the third Kalwa bridge over Thane creek