Height barriers fail on Pune-Mumbai E-way

Sushant Ranjan
Thursday, 10 January 2019

“We had installed height barriers on Expressway on both sides. Several heavy vehicles did not follow the rule and they damaged it. Later, we called off the facility,” said Prashant Auti, Superintendent Engineer of MSRDC.

Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) had started installing height barriers on Pune-Mumbai Expressway near the ghat section. The idea flopped after some heavy vehicles did not follow the rule and crashed into it while moving on the right lane.

The State Highway Police had started the project in June 2017. They had identified 36 locations, prone to fatal accidents, in the ghat section where the height barriers were to be installed to restrict the heavy vehicles entering the first lane on the E-way. Later, the MSRDC started working on it and installed them at the locations. After few months, several heavy vehicles did not follow the rule and entered into the first lane. The barriers were damaged by these vehicles.

“We had installed height barriers on Expressway on both sides. Several heavy vehicles did not follow the rule and they damaged it. Later, we called off the facility,” said Prashant Auti, Superintendent Engineer of MSRDC.

FOR SAFER Expressway

  • MSDRC has started installing crash barriers all along the Pune-Mumbai E-way. These barriers are being installed along open patches on both sides as well as the median of the Expressway in bid to prevent vehicles from going off the road or into the other flank, thereby reducing fatalities.
  • The MSRDC has recommended a revision in speed limits on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, suggesting lowering the speed limit in the ghat sections from the present 80 km per hour to 40 or 50 km per hour.

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