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Thiruvanaikovil bridge was finally open for traffic on June 21

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The road overbridge built across railway tracks at Periyar Nagar on the Chennai Trunk Road at Thiruvanaikovil was finally declared open for traffic on June 21, 2019.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami formally declared open the bridge through video conference in Chennai while commissioning various other projects of the Highways Department in the State. The opening of the bridge marks the culmination of a long wait for residents of Srirangam who have been facing much hardship over the past three years due to traffic diversions that were enforced to facilitate construction. The new bridge has been built after the old narrow bridge was demolished. The ROB was sanctioned by the State government in 2011, but construction began only in 2016. A section of residents of the town had opposed the opening of the bridge without the service lanes and a traffic island proposed at the Gandhi Road intersection. Collector S. Sivarasu has assured that the service lane and other allied works would be completed within the next few months after the completion of land acquisition.

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As per the revised estimates, the ROB has been built at a cost of ₹125 crore, including ₹69 crore for acquisition of land. The bridge runs for a length of 1,430.28 metres and has a width of 17.20 metres. While the Chennai-Tiruchi arm of the bridge has four lanes, the Kallanai arm has three.

The Chief Minister also declared open a minor bridge on the Kattur-Koppavali/ Sugar Mill Extension Road built at a cost of ₹1.10 crore and another bridge on the Kallakadi-Thappai Road constructed a cost of ₹1.25 crore.

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