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In full swing: Highways department commencing the earth work for the construction of a median on Avanashi Road in Coimbatore. —
Coimbatore: The State Highways Department has commenced the preliminary work for a median on Avanashi Road from the flyover till Bypass Road.
The median is to prevent motorists from cutting across the road at their will resulting in accidents and traffic jam in peak hours.
The 16-km stretch of Avanashi Road from the flyover till Neelambur bypass road was widened into a six-lane road by the State Highways Department recently at a cost of Rs. 27 crore.
The road is the busiest road in the City as it has a large number of corporate houses, industrial units, hospitals, colleges and hotels on either side of the road besides being the only approach road to the airport from the city.
Avanashi Road happens to be the gateway to vehicles coming from and bound for Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Chennai and even Bangalore. The road has been facing tremendous pressure. Hence it was widened into a six-lane road.
The highways authorities had called for expression of interest from corporate houses to sponsor advertisements on the median.
Meanwhile, a court ruling went against hoardings and advertisements.
Following a request from the highways and the district administration, the Government sanctioned Rs. 3 crore.
The tender process is over and pre-casting of concrete blocks for construction of the median has begun at the yard. Earth work too has commenced.
The median will cover about a 10-km stretch.
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