Sion-Panvel highway: PWD blames asphalt for potholes

Sion-Panvel highway connects Mumbai to expressways that lead to Pune, Bengaluru, the Konkan and Goa.

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2018 00:29 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times
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Potholes line the road outside Dadar station.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

As motorists continue to face long traffic snarls for kilometres at a stretch on the pothole-ravaged Sion-Panvel highway, the state public works department (PWD) has put the blame on the asphalt (also known as bitumen) used to make the road. Those parts will now be rebuilt using concrete to prevent the recurrence of potholes.

Sion-Panvel highway connects Mumbai to expressways that lead to Pune, Bengaluru, the Konkan and Goa. It is used by over 2.4 lakh motorists every day and develops potholes every monsoon.

Earlier this week, motorists were stuck on the 24-km highway for five hours because potholes coupled with their repairs left commuters in traffic extending as far as six kilometres in both directions between CBD Belapur and Kopra bridge in Navi Mumbai.

Manoj Saunik, principal secretary, PWD, said that by Tuesday evening, they had repaired most of the problematic stretch since repair work can be done during the monsoon.

“We have used cold-mix, put concrete slabs on potholes to level the surface,” Saunik said.

The PWD, which is in-charge of Sion-Panvel highway, said that the approaches of the flyovers are made of asphalt, which wears off and leaves potholes. The department will soon start work to re-do the portions with concrete. “The approach and landing of the flyovers is bitumen road. Due to heavy rains, they have washed out and that has created issues,” said Saunik.

PWD officials said that they have invited tenders for the concretization of a four-kilometre stretch on the Sion-Panvel highway. Work to concretize two lanes is expected to start next week. “We are carrying out repairs currently. We will start the work to make the road concrete. We have invited tenders and will open them on Wednesday. Once it is awarded, the work on concretization will start immediately,” said CP Joshi, secretary (roads), PWD.

Joshi said that the stretch would be converted from asphalt to concrete by December 2018.

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 00:29 IST