Mumbaikars brace yourself for traffic snarls from today as the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will begin repair works on the Sion flyover.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the Sion flyover will be shut for traffic from 5am on February 14 (Friday) to 5am on February 17 (Monday), and for seven weeks after that from 10pm every Thursday to 6am every Monday.
The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) in 2017 had conducted a structural audit of the bridge when it carried out structural audits on all city bridges and flyovers. The MSRDC was then directed to undertake the repairs immediately. The audit was conducted following the Andheri Gokhale bridge collapse, which claimed two lives.
Even, Mumbai Police took to Twitter to advise people to take alternate routes while MSRDC repairs the flyover. "Dear Mumbaikars, Please be advised about the alternative routes & diversions in the view of urgent repairing work of Sion Junction flyover & to prevent danger, obstruction & inconvenience to public, the following traffic regulation will be made effective from Dt14/02/2020 to Dt14/05/2020," Mumbai Police tweeted.
Here are the alternate routes that can be used:
Vehicles coming from South Mumbai can take a right turn from Arora Junction towards for Wadala Bridge, Barkat Ali Naka, Chatrapati Shivaji Chowk, Bhakti Park Depo road and go by Ahuja Bridge.
Vehicles coming from Mazgaon-Rey Road can take left turn under Wadala bridge and go towards Barkat Ali Naka, Shanti Nagar, Bhakti Park, Anik Depot, Ahuja Bridge and further towards Navi Mumbai and Thane.
Vehicles coming from Bombay Port Trust or South Mumbai via BPT road can go via Sewree Link Road.
Vehicles coming from Sion Hospital Junction should take a left turn and go by Sulochana Shetty Marg to go towards Mahim and Bandra.
Vehicles coming from Mahim Khumbharawada towards Sion Hospital junction should take tight turn and go towards M.G.Road.
Vehicles coming from Eastern Express Way and want to go towards Bandra should take a right turn and go to Santacruz-Chembur Link Road through L.B.S Road.