CHENNAI: Two-way traffic for lightweight vehicles resumed on Kodambakkam bridge on Saturday, with Chennai Corporation completing the renovation work. Heavy vehicles will be allowed to ply from next week.
The bridge, which serves as a critical link to several areas including Ashok Nagar, K K Nagar and Vadapalani, was closed to heavy vehicles for four years, while light vehicles were allowed intermittently.
Speaking to Express, a commuter from Virugambakkam, said, “I work in a company in Anna Salai. It takes me more than one-and-a-half hours to reach my office via the Rangarajapuram flyover. It should take me less than an hour. Happy to hear that the Kodambakkam bridge will be opened for two-way traffic for light vehicles, however waiting for buses to be allowed over it.”
S P Swamy, resident of Saligramam said this news comes as a relief. “ Without the use of the Kodambakkam bridge, it takes double the time to travel to Valluvarkottam from Vadapalani. I am very happy to hear the news, however I request officials to finish such work which causes inconvenience to the public on time,” he added.
A Corporation official said that the work has been completed. “Now the construction of the wall on both the sides is going on, however it will not disturb the traffic flow. After one week, heavy vehicles will be allowed. We needed this gap for curing time,” the official added.