Shorter Routes, Faster Journeys: The Promise of the Pune-Mumbai Expressway

Pune – Mumbai Expressway Progressing Towards Completion: Travel Time Expected to Reduce

The eagerly awaited Pune-Mumbai Expressway, envisioned to bridge the gap between the two bustling cities, is swiftly nearing completion, with approximately 85 percent of the project already done. The highlight of this endeavor is the construction of the tallest cable bridge in Asia, a significant part of the initiative that is progressing rapidly. Officials anticipate wrapping up the project within the next four months, promising a shorter route between Pune and Mumbai by 6 kilometers, consequently slashing travel time by 20 to 25 minutes.

Project Necessity:

The necessity for this ambitious project stems from the existing congestion and logistical challenges along the route. At Lonavla, specifically from the Adoshi Tunnel to the Khandala Exit, traffic bottlenecks are prevalent, exacerbated by a six-lane wide passage accommodating a staggering 10-lane traffic inflow. Moreover, the convergence of Mumbai Pune National Highway No. 4 and the highway near Khanapur Toll Plaza, followed by a divergence at the Khandala exit, adds to the complexity of the journey.

Key Features:

  • The Adoshi Tunnel to Khandala Exit boasts a width of 23.5 meters, facilitating smoother traffic flow.
  • A significant improvement will be seen at Bor Ghat, where an alternative route, replacing the current six-kilometer diversion route, will enhance connectivity.
  • Plans are underway for the construction of an eight-lane road from the Khanapur toll to the Khopoli exit, further streamlining the commute.
  • The project entails the development of a new eight-lane road, complemented by two tunnels and a two-viaduct system, enhancing accessibility and efficiency.

Record-breaking Structures:

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) proudly declares that the cable bridge being erected is set to be the longest valley bridge in Asia. Additionally, the project boasts the longest tunnel spanning nine kilometers from Pune to Mumbai, with both tunnels fully excavated. Notably, a cable bridge with an impressive length of 645 meters and towering height of 135 meters has already been erected, adding to the architectural marvels of the expressway.

As the project enters its final phase, commuters eagerly anticipate the unveiling of this modern marvel, which promises not only a shorter commute but also a smoother and more efficient travel experience between Pune and Mumbai. With a myriad of enhancements aimed at easing traffic congestion and improving connectivity, the Pune-Mumbai Expressway stands poised to revolutionize intercity travel in Maharashtra.

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