After 3,252 days, over 3,000 crore man hours spent by 3,000 men from 11 different counties, a fully completed Bandra Worli Sea Link, the city’s first, will be thrown open to the public on March 24.
Public Works Department Minister Jaydutt Kshirsagar will hold a press conference on Monday to announce the opening of the 4.7-km long sea link.
Since June 2009, only the four-lane carriageway for south-bound traffic has been open for use. The absence of permanent barriers on it has led to numerous accidents on the sea link.
“The new carriageway will ensure that there are no more head-on collisions,” an MSRDC official said.
The new carriageway will cater to traffic heading from the island city to the suburbs. As per the original plans the north-bound carriageway was to be connected with a cloverleaf interchange, a loop road passing over the south-bound carriageway, which would land at the Worli-end close to Thadani Junction.
The work on the interchange is expected to take more than two years and will be undertaken by Reliance Infrastructure-Hyundai who will build the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link.
The MSRDC in an attempt to make a temporary arrangement has now decided to construct a connector on the sea link.
With the new arrangement commuters will get on the sea link from the Worli-end through the old two-lane road. After travelling 1.1 km on the south carriageway the commuters can get on to the north one through the connector.
This will allow commuters to use the four-lane carriageway for north-bound travel.
However, traffic woes are likely to remain, as commuters zipping down the four-lane carriageway will have to move to the two-lane exit at Worli, which could create bottlenecks.