CHENNAI: Motorists can heave a sigh of relief. The long-awaited flyovers at Koyambedu and one arm of the Velachery flyover have finally been thrown opened for public use.
Chief minister M K Stalin on Monday inaugurated the projects built at 160.50 crore.
The highways department had started the construction of 1.02 km-long Velachery flyover in 2016. The project was delayed due to land acquisition issues. S Kumararaja from Annai Indira Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association said, “It is definitely going to be a smooth ride for people travelling to Saidapet and beyond for work every day. But it would have been better if they had constructed a wider bridge so that it could support two-way traffic.”
At present, the arm is 7.5 metres wide, and vehicles can move only in one direction from Taramani Link Road to Velachery Bypass Road.
Residents of Dhandeeswaram Nagar, Seethapathi Nagar, Baby Nagar and TANSI Nagar will have to take a 1.5-km detour since there is not a single U-turn under the bridge.
Meanwhile the 1.15-km long flyover connecting Vadapalani with Thirumangalam will help ease traffic congestion at the Koyambedu bus stand entrance and Kaliamman Koil junction. The travel time is expected to come down by at least 15 minutes.
Anna Nagar residents, however, complained that they were yet to reinstate the earlier traffic arrangements of allowing a right-turn at IRR towards private omni bus terminus. On day one, there was not much difference in traffic conditions here because of Diwali rush.