Thousands of motorists were stuck in a 25-km-long traffic jam on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway after the road developed cracks on Saturday.
The Thane Rural police advised the motorists to refrain from coming out on the highway while the National Highway authorities inspected the bridge and prevented the movement of heavy vehicles on the bridge.
The north-end of the Versova bridge at the Ghodbunder junction, which connects Mumbai, Thane and rural Thane, witnessed a partial shutdown after the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) closed a lane of the bridge. The south-bound two-lane bridge has also been divided to allow north-bound vehicles.
“The bridge is 40 years old... we are in consultation with a team of experts, who will immediately conduct a structural audit to ascertain the condition and chalk out further plans as per reports,” said Mukund Attarde, NHAI manager.
“We alerted several people and generated messages on social media to avoid using the highway towards Mumbai,” said Sangramsinh Nishandar, additional superintendent of police, Thane Rural.