Mangaluru, Nov 26, 2015 : As per some reports, traffic on Shiradi Ghat Road, a stretch on National Highway between Mangaluru and Bengaluru, is likely to be shut partially or totally to facilitate the second phase of road improvement works.
The work, involving asphalting a 21-km stretch and laying a 13-km rigid pavement, will start by December or January. As in the first phase, this, too, might see a total closure. In the first phase, the ghat was closed from January 2 to August 9. Phase II is expected to cost Rs 85.28 crore.
Public works department sources said the department minister and others responsible from Dakshina Kannada district are against the total closure of the ghat. They suggested allowing traffic on one side of the road as the 13.62-km stretch between Heggade to Kempuhole is complete. "If traffic is allowed, then we need more time to complete work. Besides, it will inconvenience travellers and affect the quality of work," an official said.
"We are yet to decide on the closure details — duration, and total or partial. We issued work order last week and the contractors are mobilizing materials. When contractors get 60% of the material, we’ll decide on the closure," the official added.
While the rigid pavement (concrete road) will be laid from Kempuhole to Addahole, near Gundya, on the DK border, the asphalting will be done from Maranahalli towards Sakleshpur. "We’ve problem in sourcing material. As previously, have to use aggregate from Magadi or Moodabidri, since the locally available aggregate moisture absorption rate is high," he said.
Contractors will follow the five-layer technique adopted in phase I. While the road will have geotextile-sheet base, layers of granular sub-base, bed concrete, dry lean concrete and pavement quality concrete are expected to make the road durable.