Motorists, beware. There are more cracks on the South-bound Dindoshi flyover, which was shut on October 8 after officials discovered a major structural defect on October 1. A Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) official said the girders of the 13-year-old bridge are intact, but the span has cracks which is worrisome.
The MSRDC is now working to ascertain how the damage can be rectified. If the Dindoshi flyover also called as Goregaon Mulund Link Road Flyover — is shut, it will be a nightmare for motorists travelling from the western suburbs towards Andheri as was the case on October 8 when the bridge was closed for repair.
After the MSRDC’s recent survey revealed more cracks on the flyover, the authorities began the process of seeking expert advice on how to fix the problem without causing major traffic snarls.
They are checking if repair work can be carried out by keeping two of the three lanes open or whether the entire South-bound bridge needs to be shut for a few days. To repair the flyover, authorities will have to cut the portion between two girders to resurface and extend its life.
Oct 1 Structural damage to Dindoshi flyover; partially shut for traffic
Oct 2 Repair work begins, only light vehicles allowed to ply over it
Oct 8 South-bound bridge closed for a day for all vehicles
Oct 9 VRM Infrastructure, contractor, says it should not be held accountable
Oct 10 More cracks found on bridge