The work on the damaged Vasai creek bridge will get completed soon. If all goes well, it will open for traffic on June 6.
"Majority of the work on the creek bridge is over. We are now in the process of lowering the girder," said an official from the National Highways Authority of India. A girder of the bridge had developed cracks, which was noticed in the nick of time or else would have resulted in a grave accident.
The NHAI official, who is part of the Dahisar-Surat highway project, said the bridge is most likely to reopen on June 6.
A girder has been made and positioned at the bridge in order to replace the damaged girder. Once the girder is completely lowered, slab will be made on it's top followed by grouting work and eventually a layer of bitumen will be put on top.
Starting from December 25, the traffic was kept out of bounds from the creek bridge. Initially, the authorities had claimed that it will take three months to finish the task, however an extension was sought.
The bridge parallel to it saved the day for motorists, but clearing the creek takes around half an hour due to the bottleneck. For those coming from Thane end the Thane Rural traffic department had also prepared a road map to divert heavy traffic via Chinchoti-Anjur Phata road.
This 42-year-old bridge is crucial to connect Mumbai, Mira Road and Thane with Vasai, Virar, Dahanu and Gujarat.