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Heavy vehicles to ply on Periyar bridge soon

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Following completion of repair works done at a cost of Rs.2.40 crore

KULITHALAI: Vehicular traffic resumed on the Thanthai Periyar Bridge across the Cauvery connecting Kulithalai in Karur district and Musiri in Tiruchi district, after a gap of almost three months.

Heavy vehicle traffic had remained suspended on the bridge since January and they would be allowed to cross the bridge after November 25, officials said. Extensive repair and renovation works were carried out on this vital and major bridge during the period. Transport Minister K.N. Nehru reopened the bridge following completion of repair works carried out at an estimated cost of Rs.2.40 crore.

The Collector, T.N. Venkatesh, MP, K.C. Palanisamy, MLAs R. Manikkam (Kulithalai) and M. Rajasekaran (Thottiam), former MLA Vasuki Murugesan, Divisional Engineer (Highways) S.P. Palanivel, and others participated in the function.

The repair works carried out included laying of weathering coat on the surface of the bridge, laying of footpath slabs, construction of hand rail posts, etc.

First phase

The first phase of the repair works including replacement of rubber bearings were carried out between June 15 and 20 with traffic remaining partially suspended.

About 350 rubber bearings on 35 piers were replaced. In the second phase, weathering coat was completely re-laid.

People of both Kulithalai and Musiri expressed happiness at the completion of the long-pending renovation works.

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