KOPRI | THANE: Inauguration of #MMRDA Kopri Bridge, Thane. First Phase of Kopri flyover (Thane) open for public Traffic issues on Eastern Express Highway, Thane Stretch to ease with the inauguration of the flyover Mumbai, 9 th October 2021- The first phase of the flyover crossing railway track at Kopri, Thane was inaugurated today by Hon. Minister Shri Eknath Shinde (Hon. Minister, Urban Development, Public Works (Public Undertakings) and Chairman MMRDA) in the presence of Metropolitan Commissioner MMRDA, Shri S. V. R. Srinivas (IAS)
The traffic issues on Eastern Express Highway, mostly within the stretch from Mulund to Thane will be eased with the flyover coming underuse. It was earlier available with two lanes on each side for traffic. But in last few years the number of vehicles and the population of both the cities increased and that resulted in major traffic issues around this flyover. The four-lane express highway became two-lane on the flyover and it created a bottleneck for the traffic. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in its meeting dated 19th October 2016, decided to undertake the widening of the flyover.
The widening work of the railway flyover at Kopri was undertaken in two stages. In the first stage, it was decided to construct two crosses over bridges on both sides of the flyover, the traffic was supposed to be divided on these flyovers and then the actual flyover was supposed to be collapsed and 4 lane flyover was to be constructed instead. The actual flyover going above the railway tracks will be made in structural steel. It will be constructed by railway with funding from MMRDA. The access road to the actual flyover will be constructed by MMRDA in cement concrete.
Quote from MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner, Shri S.V.R. Srinivas: “The construction of flyover started on 24th April 2018. The MMRDA team with the support of Thane Municipal Corporation overcame various challenges to complete this project. This project was undertaken with the aim of easing traffic on the crucial Thane-Mulund stretch and improve the daily commute experience of Mumbaikars traveling between Thane-Mumbai.”
Currently, the first phase is completed and now the traffic from both sides will be diverted on these routes and then the second phase work will be completed. The total length of the flyover being newly constructed is 796 meters and the length of the flyover over the railway is 65 meter, and its the height from the railway track is 6.525 mt. The width on both sides for four lanes is 37.4 mt.
This project also includes two lanes on each side tunnel road, along with the construction of the Chikhalwadi Nalla and reconstruction of the public footpath.