Bengaluru is poised to get its first double-decker flyover by October 2021 which will run a distance of 3.35 km between Ragigudda and Central Silk Board. The road-cum-rail flyover is expected to decongest bottlenecks along this particular stretch.
Structure To Provide Relief From Traffic Jams During Peak Hours
The lower deck of the flyover will be used by the vehicles whereas the Metro will use its top deck. This particular route is one of the busiest stretches in Bengaluru and the project is a part of the fully elevated RV Road-Bommasandra corridor Phase 2 project of Metro. The route between Ragigudda and Central Silk Road will be signal-free.
This new arrangement is expected to provide relief from the severe traffic jams that are a regular issue during peak hours. Both the elevated road and the surface road will have a total of four lanes and is expected to bring an improvement in the current traffic situation.
As of now, 12 pillars accommodating both a Metro line and elevated road are almost ready. Work for other 12 pillars is already underway. In total, the entire stretch between Ragigudda and Central Silk Board will have 70 pillars.
First Time Metro Will Run Above Flyover In Bengaluru
For Bengaluru, it will be the first time that a metro line will run above a flyover. The elevated road is built 8 meters above the road level whereas the Metro line will be built 16 meters from the surface level. According to a BMRCL official, “The aim is to decongest the stretch; this is challenging work but we’ll complete it by October 2021.”
Similar double-decker flyover structures already exist in cities like Mumbai, Nagpur, and Jaipur. However, Bengaluru will be the first South Indian city to have a double-decker flyover.
The entire stretch is being constructed by the collaboration of URC Construction and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) along the RV Road, elevated stations at Ragigudda, Central Silk Board near Jayadeva hospital, and BTM Layout.
The overall construction cost of the elevated corridor, road-cum-rail flyover, stations, road widening, and other allied works will take up around 797 crores.
Demolition And Remodeling Of Jayadeva Flyover
The busy hospital junction of Jayadeva flyover will be demolished by October. As per reports, it is now being remodeled into infrastructure with six levels for accommodating the interchange Metro Station of Reach 5 line, Reach 6 line and an additional elevated road.
It is expected that the demolition work at Jayadeva flyover will make an impact on the transition in areas like Jayanagar, BTM Layout, and Bannerghatta Road.
According to a BMRCL official, “We’ll demolish the flyover only after the remaining work on the stretch is completed.”
At present, only 15% of the work on the stretch between RV Road and Silk Board has been completed. Apart from that work on the other sections that are along the Silk Board-Basapura Road (34%) and Basapura Road – Bommasandra (37%) have been completed.