Starting Saturday, the south-bound Dindoshi flyover on the Western Express Highway (WEH) will be shut for repairs. Motorists should brace for road congestion or opt for alternate roads or travel in suburban locals.
Those heading towards south Mumbai can use the other two arterial roads of the western suburbs — SV Road or Link Road — to avoid vehicular congestion on WEH.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has finally decided to commence the repair works starting from the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.
"The repair work includes replacing nine spans of the bridge. It will take 25-30 days to make the structure fit for future usage," said a senior MSRDC official.
The Dindoshi junction below the flyover has been resurfaced by the Public Works Department with asphalt. Other resurfacing jobs too have been carried out adjacent to the elevated structure. Additionally, part of the median before the bridge has been demolished to allow entry of south-bound vehicles on the flyover parallel (north-bound) to it.
As per IIT-Bombay report, the bridge has inadequate concrete strength and the nature of the cracks seems to be due to structural and bending of the slabs. The possible reasons may be fatigue, overloading and the curved shape of the bridge.
This 13-year-old flyover, also called Goregaon Mulund Link Road junction flyover, was constructed between April 13, 1998 and April 12, 1999 by New Delhi-based VRM Global Infrastructure for Rs11.5 crore. The defects came to light on October 1, 2013. Urgent repairs were carried out from the subsequent day.