Commuters from eastern suburbs have something to look forward to in December, when the Sumar Nagar flyover in Chembur, which has been five years in the making, will be thrown open to traffic.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will start laying asphalt on the flyover’s surface from Saturday.
The 500-metre flyover was planned to help to motorists from Navi Mumbai, Pune or Konkan region bypass bottlenecks along the Sion-Chembur belt, which currently take 30 minutes to navigate through during peak hours.
Though the bulk of work had been completed before monsoon, the state government decided to wait for rains to recede to avoid another debacle after potholes cropped up on Lalbaug and Barfiwala flyovers days after they were inaugurated in June.
“We waited for monsoon to recede, and will start laying asphalt. The surface will get sufficient time to settle and rest, which will ensure there are no potholes,” said an MSRDC official.
The flyover is being built over the Suman Nagar junction, which is a chronic spot for traffic jams since the presence of a railway bridge forced the six-lane Eastern Express Highway to be narrowed to a four-lane road at this spot. The junction also bifurcates traffic to Navi Mumbai and Thane.
To ease congestion, the MMRDA decided to build a flyover to take motorists heading to Navi Mumbai from the Eastern Express Highway over the junction.
The three-lane flyover was initially estimated to cost Rs16 crs and was to be built in a year. But owing to delays caused by objections from the traffic department and botched attempts to widen the four-lane road under the flyover, the cost has escalated to Rs25 crore, and the completion has been delayed by four years.