Awaited Road Over Bridge (RoB) over the Mangaluru-Mumbai railway line on the Bondel-Vamanjoor Road at Pachchanady was informally opened to motorists on November 23 following completion of work on approach roads.
Even though work on the RoB was completed in October, motorists were not allowed to use the bridge as the construction of the approach road was pending. The Bondel-Vamanjoor Road was closed for all kinds of traffic for over a month to facilitate the construction of approach roads.
While 150 meters of approach road was provided on the Bondel side, 100 meters was provided on the Vamanjoor side. Bondel-Vamanjoor Road is a key stretch connecting the airport road to Mangalore-Karkala NH 169. The new RoB has a width of 12 meters and a length of 27.95 meters.
In 2017, Southern Railway’s construction wing had dismantled the old 6-metre-wide and 9.25-metre-long RoB to facilitate the doubling of the rail line between Mangalore Junction and Panambur. The Railways had provided a temporary level-crossing, about 300 meters to the south of the old RoB. Delay in completing the new RoB had irked road users and residents.
Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and other elected representatives had urged the Southern Railway to complete the project at the earliest