Lajpat Nagar flyover opens after first phase of repair completes
Almost a fortnight after the Lajpat Nagar flyover was closed due to repair work of a massive gap that appeared on the stretch, the flyover was re-opened for commuters on Monday by the Public Works Department (PWD). According to reports, a gap of nearly eight-inch had developed between the two girders of the busy flyover in the last week of December 2017.
Time required to complete the repair works on the flyover
The repair work of the flyover was taken up by PWD within days after the gap developed. To avoid traffic snarls, the PWD was asked by the Delhi Traffic Police to make the repairs in phases. The first phase of repair works started from January 1 and was completed within 15 days, and the second phase will begin in the first week of February.
Heavy traffic jam due to road closures
During the first phase of repair from Jan 1-14, the stretch between Ashram Chowk to Moolchand was closed. The closure of the stretch resulted in heavy traffic jams between DND flyway and Moolchand. Meanwhile, during the second phase of repair that starts from February first week, the stretch from Moolchand to Ashram Chowk will remain closed.
Why did the flyover need a repair?
According to PWD officials, the expansion joints of the bridge had got damaged as a result of which at least 12 expansion joints had to be replaced. "The repair work at the Lajpat Nagar flyover was necessary as the metal girders on the flyover had shrunk in the winter and the binding material had fallen through," said an official.