If everything goes well, the oldest bridge in the city can enter ‘retirement life’ in two years’ time. PWD will begin work on a new bridge parallel to the old Kundamonkadavu bridge across the Karamana river on coming Monday.
Two years ago, the PWD had carried out maintenance work on the 114-year-old steel suspension bridge. After the new bridge is in place, the old bridge will be maintained as a historical monument.
PWD Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju will inaugurate the work on the new bridge on Monday. The new bridge will have a width of 9 metres. The total cost of construction is ` 10.88 crore, including ` 1.10 crore for land acquisition.
According to PWD executive engineer Jayakumar, the work will be completed in two years. “Land acquisition for the bridge and approach roads has been completed. The bridge will have 3 spans, 7.5-metre carriageway and a 1.5-metre footpath,” he said.
A new bridge connecting Kattakkada and Vattiyoorkavu constituencies was a long-standing demand of the local people. The people have also been demanding the preservation of the old bridge, which is threatened by wear and tear, illegal sand mining in the Karamana river etc. The old bridge was constructed in 1898. The bridge connecting the city and suburbs frequently witnesses traffic congestion.
News Sourced from “Mathrubhumi” & “The New Indian Express“