ISLAMABAD:Work on north-bound portion of Lyari Expressway has been completed and the much awaited project is expected to be inaugurated later this month.
The 38 km long project consists of north and south bound portions and is completed at a cost of around Rs. 11 billion, National Highway Authority (NHA) spokesman Kashif Zaman told reporter on Friday.
Lyari Expressway starts from Surab Goth and ends at Maripur interchange and includes two interchanges at Mangopir and Shah Suleman, Kashif zaman added.
The project started in 2003 and its South bound portion was completed and opened for traffic in 2008. The work on the North bound could not go ahead as planned because of non- availability of required right of way (ROW) owing to large scale encroachments.
This caused the work to stop for several years before work on the project restarted in 2016 after the required ROW was made available to NHA.
The project is immensely important as it will greatly help the movement of traffic especially the heavy vehicles which now have to pass through the city causing severe congestion. It will help in reducing the travel time and accidents.
Lyari Expressway is one of the sick projects revived and successfully completed by NHA during the present government tenure. Other sick projects revived by the present government include Lowari Tunnel, Gwadar-Hoshab (193 km) and Hishab-Sorab (449 km) highways in Balochistan.