Flyovers in ChennaiChennai earlier known as Madras is capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is a metro city. Millions of people reside in the city which includes people migrated from other cities of India. With the increase in population the traffic on the road is also increasing. To avoid traffic jams and to let the traffic move freely or to divert the traffic the constructions of flyovers are being done in the city. Many of the different parts of the city are connected via bridges built over river or canal. Chennai is known as the city of flyovers. It has the highest number of flyovers in country.
Important Flyovers in Chennai
There are about 22 flyovers and more the 30 bridges in the city of Chennai and many more have already been proposed. There are many circular flyovers in Chennai like Guindy flyover, and Annanagar flyover.
East Coast Elevated Expressway-ChennaiThe Elevated Expressway is 9.7 kilometers long. It is the longest flyover of city. The long expressway runs along the coast of Bay of Bengal and passes the western side of famous Broken bridge in Chennai.
The other well known flyover in Chennai is Anna Flyover or Gemini Flyover. It is a dual-armed flyover. Chennai is home to India’s first cloverleaf interchanges at the Kathipara flyover. It is one of the largest cloverleaf interchanges in South Asia.
Thiruvanmiyur- Lattice Bridge Road Flyover
The two new flyovers in North at Cemetry Road-Washermenpet clock tower intersection and at Ganeshapuram railway subway, and in the South is a flyover with a subway at Thiruvanmiyur- Lattice Bridge Road intersection.
The Chrompet Flyover is a rotary type interchange flyover connecting GST road (NH 45) with the Madras Institute of Technology gate in Chennai.
Plan for New Flyovers
Some of the other flyovers recently constructed or under construction include double-decker flyover, a foot over bridge for pedestrians at the Vijaynagar junction in Velachery. Many of the flyovers are constructed for two way traffic. The first level of the flyover starts from Velachery Bypass Road towards Tambaram. It is about 640mts long. The second level at a height of 15mts starts from Taramani Link. The skywalk from the Vijay Nagar junction towards Velachery MRTS station helps divert the pedestrian traffic which is about 2,400.
In 2013-14 budgets the proposal of constructing four new flyovers and five pedestrian subways was proposed. The places between which the flyovers are proposed are TTK Road-St Marys Road-Chamiers Road junction, Arcot Road-Kaliamman Koil Street junction near Koyambedu, at Kodambakkam High Road-Thirumalai Pillai Road-Valluvar Kottam High Road junction in Nungambakkam, and at Madhya Kailash junction in Adyar.
The pedestrian subways so proposed are planned for the following places N S K Salai near Meenakshi Engineering College, and near Vadapalani bus depot, on Kamarajar Salai, at Dr Radhakrishnan Salai junction and on Purusawalkam High Road.
The Alwarpet flyover towards St Mary's Road junction connects RA Puram, Adyar, OMR, Guindy and beyond to Nungambakkam, Chetpet, Anna Nagar and beyond. The road leads to Chennai Airport from central Chennai to avoid Anna Salai traffic.
The latest count of flyovers in Chennai is 22 flyovers with three dozens on their way. The upcoming flyovers will connect Ega Theatre junction on Poonamallee High Road and Valluvar Kottam, Madhya Kailash with Mamallapuram and Chengalpet with Tirusulam.
These flyovers may fulfill the need of today but the coming tomorrow will demand more space for increased number of cars on the road.