Porvorim flyover work begins, completion target of 2 years

AGNELO PEREIRA | MAY 15, 2024, 12:44 AM IST


Construction has kicked off on a 5.15 km six-lane elevated corridor aimed at easing traffic congestion along the Porvorim stretch of National Highway 66. The project, which commenced in mid-April, carries a deadline of 24 months, with an expected completion date set for April 2026.

The elevated corridor, spanning a single row of 86 piers and 87 spans, will provide a much-needed relief to the heavy vehicular movement experienced in the area.

Notably, the construction is being spearheaded by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) with an estimated project cost of Rs 634 crore.

Detailing the construction process, a senior official disclosed that preparatory work including setting up the casting yard, conducting soil testing, and approving designs commenced on April 15, marking the effective initiation of the project.

However, ground-level activities are slated to commence by the end of June, with the laying of foundations for the piers. This phase will necessitate traffic diversions as construction activities intensify.

In a strategic approach, the widening of the existing NH along the stretch is currently underway to facilitate subsequent construction phases.

"If we don't widen the existing NH stretch at the construction site, then the full road will be blocked. So, we are going to widen the road first and then start doing the foundation," the official emphasized. Notably, the demolition of compound walls along the acquisition line along the stretch has already commenced.

The construction will proceed in phases, with initial focus directed from Neo-Magestic hotel to the Mall de Goa stretch. This phased approach aims to mitigate disruptions caused by traffic diversions.

A technical overview of the project reveals that the foundation width spans 11 meters, with each pre-cast concrete span measuring 50 meters in length.

Of significance, the installation of these segments will occur predominantly during night-time, with the entire existing highway being closed to facilitate safe construction practices.

Traffic diversions will be enacted on alternate routes during these periods.

The construction contract for the elevated corridor has been awarded to Rajasthan-based Rajendra Singh Bamboo Infra Pvt Ltd (RSBIPL) at a bid of Rs 386 crore. The project cost encompasses various components, including the shifting of utilities, consultant fees, and contingencies.

Once completed, the elevated corridor is anticipated to significantly alleviate traffic congestion along the bustling Porvorim stretch, providing commuters with smoother and safer travel experiences.

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