The Hosur Road flyover will be shut for buses from both the directions as authorities who have done with the maintenance work on the left-hand side (from Silk Board to Electronics City) are set to begin work on the opposite direction from tonight. The closure will affect thousands of buses, including BMTC, KSRTC, Tamil Nadu state corporation buses as well as those operated by private carriers.
“Half of the work on the periodic maintenance of the expansion joints of the flyover has been completed between December 17 and the first week of January. From January 15, we are moving on to the other side to address right-hand side expansion joints. So, traffic diversion will change from towards Electronics City to the road towards Bengaluru/Silk Board. Buses will not be allowed in either direction between Silk Board and Electronics City as a safety precaution to the recently replaced expansion joints”, Route Operations Manager and Public Relation Officer at Bangalore Elevated Tollway Private Limited (BETPL), Captain Baldev Singh said.
The first phase of the maintenance work was completed within 27 days, much before the deadline of 35 days. “We hope cooperation from the public will continue to help us complete the (remaining) maintenance work in time,” he added.
As per BETPL, about 75,000 vehicles use the elevated highway each day. The jam on the flyover will last for about a month until the completion of entire maintenance work. The road witnesses heavy traffic, and the closure of the lane which urges vehicles from either side to use only one side of the road is likely to result in bottleneck traffic.
The congestion affects thousands of passengers, mostly those travelling from Bengaluru to Electronics City to reach office. They had suggested the concessionaire take up repair works during the weekends when the traffic was low.