Sion Flyover Repair work: Bridge to remain close for next three days
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will soon be commencing the third phase of Sion flyover repairs. As a result, the Sion flyover will remain shut for vehicles from Friday evening to Morning morning. Earlier, the repairs were scheduled to begin from Thursday evening but it was delayed later, considering the ongoing examinations and traffic issues.
According to the officials, the MSRDC will change 16 of the total 160 bearings during the third phase.
Previously, the third phase of repairs was scheduled to be carried out from March 5 to 9. But since the Sion flyover connects the Eastern Express Highway (EEH), the starting period was postponed by a day. However, the work of this phase is expected to be completed as per the schedule.
The repairs are planned to be conducted into eight phases and whenever the repair process will be ongoing, the flyover shut will remain shut.
The first phase of the repairs was supposed to begin February 14 (Friday) 5:00 am onwards and be completed by February 17 (Monday) 5:00 am. But since crucial repairs in the first block were incomplete, the process was extended by a day, which overshot the scheduled time.
The repairs in the second phase were completed on time. However, during both phases, the commuters had to face traffic jams. As a measure, Mumbai Traffic Police have deployed extra force this time.
The repairs began after the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay) found in a structural audit that the pillars of the Sion flyover had become weak and needed immediate attention. In the meantime, even after the eight phases of repairs are completed by mid-April, the flyover will be shut for at least two weeks to resurface it with concrete.