The Vashi creek bridge, which connects Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, has been partially closed since yesterday (Saturday) morning for repair and maintenance work. For the next 15 to 20 days, traffic on the Panvel-Mumbai section of the bridge will be diverted.
Since it was a weekend, there relatively wasn’t hefty traffic on the busy bridge.
Initially the work was supposed to take place on January 24th, but it was postponed to February 1st as the preparations for the work was incomplete.
“Usually, around one lakh vehicles use each side of the creek bridge. It was decided that work would start today [Saturday], as there is a lower volume of traffic on the weekend.” said Satish Gaikwad, senior police inspector, Vashi traffic police
According to him, so far there has been no traffic issues. He said “We have put diversions in place. We are confident that traffic will move smoothly in the days ahead as we have enough time on this weekend to set things right,” “As the repair work will be carried out on the lane on which traffic heads from Panvel towards Mumbai, all vehicles using this lane are being diverted and will use the Sion-Panvel lanes to go to Mumbai,” explained Nitin Pawar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic). “So all vehicles going from Mumbai to Vashi and Panvel will be diverted to the old bridge.”
Heavy vehicles will have to take a detour since the old bridges is in no good condition. Pawar said “Only four-wheelers, light vehicles and emergency passenger bus services will be allowed.”
For all the vehicles that cannot travel by the bridge, the alternative route for them will be the Eastern Express Highway
“Heavy vehicles will not be allowed entry on the old bridge, so they will have to use the Eastern Express Highway and get on to the Airoli bridge and then take Divagaon circle at Airoli. From there, the route will be Patni company area, Mukund Chowk, Thane-Belapur road, Rabale, Mahape and Turbhe and ahead,” “We appeal to all motorists to cooperate and ensure there are no traffic issues during this period,” Pawar added.