Mangaluru, April 18, 2015 : Shiradi Ghat is the life line of Coastal karnataka with the State Capital and beyond. The National Highways division of the Public Works Department confident concreting a 13-km stretch of the road by May-end and will be opened to traffic during the monsoon it is reported.
This would be a temporary respite as the department would take up works to concrete and asphalt two remaining 13-km and 21-km stretches after the monsoon.
Media reports reveal the PWD view that concreting is going on in full swing on the stretch. About 1.5 km of concrete roads on curves would be retained since they are in good condition. Of the remaining 11.5 km, 9 km of granular sub-base (150 mm thick), 8 km of dry lean concrete (150 mm thick) and 700 metres of pavement quality concrete (300 mm thick) are completed, the sources said.
The department has two bids for this second package and is expected to approve contracts by end May. The technical evaluation and the financial evaluation are yet to be completed.
The pavement quality concrete would have completed but for the rain during the last fortnight, sources said. Now with change in the weather work is progressing.
The sensor-based slip form concrete paving machine, which integrates steel fabrication and concrete before the actual laying, is capable of laying concrete for 700 metres a day. Hence, the department is confident of completing the work by May-end, he said. Balance work on the concrete stretch could be completed without disrupting traffic movement. However, the ghat section would have to be closed again for taking up the remaining 13-km stretch of concrete road and 21-km stretch of bitumen road after the SW monsoons.