The work to replace bearings in the Pamban road bridge is being carried out on a war-footing.
The renovation of the Pamban road bridge started in April to augment its strength and ensure safety of motorists. The works were taken up after a long gap of 25 years. The bridge, which was constructed in 1988, was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The anti corrosive painting works were carried out on the bridge twice, in 1992 and 2002. However, the lights, electric poles and bearings were damaged and many cracks were found on the pillars of the 2.345-km long structure. Therefore, the Centre set aside Rs 18.57 crore to renovate the bridge which is a vital link for vehicular transport to Rameswaram. An official from NHAI said that 592 neoprene bearings would be replaced in 74 out of the 79 spans. Each bearing cost around `33,000.