Police plans to close one side of Ferozepur road to traffic from Gurdwara Sri Nanaksar Sahib side from November 15 onwards.
The traffic would be shut on the stretch on November 1 and 2 on a trial basis. Consequently, all vehicles on the Ferozepur road would have ply on one side only.
Traffic moving towards Ferozepur would take a diversion from opposite the gurdwara and rejoin the Ferozepur road after crossing the bridge on the stretch.
Assistant commissioner of police Swapan Sharma said, "I advise the city residents to opt for other routes to cross Sidhwan canal and leave the Ferozepur road for vehicles coming from other districts and states and passing through the city."
Meanwhile, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has written a demi-official letter to PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and requested him to initiate widening of the canal bridge.
The Mayor pointed out that widening of roads and bridges was the need of the hour. Since the road
was scheduled to be closed for vehicular traffic, it was appropriate time to initiate widening work. The mayor proposed that the bridge width be doubled to 14 metres to ease traffic flow on the stretch.
He pointed out that if widening of bridge was taken up in future, commuters would again face inconvenience due to road closure.
Authorities had initially planned to divert traffic in front of gate number 1 of Punjab Agricultural University towards Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar and back to Ferozepur road after crossing these residential areas. However, the plan was not found feasible.