First ‘Concrete Highway’ stretch in the state coming up in Trivandrum!

The initial cost of constructing such as road will be high. But considering the cost required for maintenance, concrete roads are cost effective.

The second phase of the Kazhakkoottam-Karode road will become the first concrete highway stretch in the state.

In line with the specification of ministry of road transport and highways, NHAI has decided to construct the 16.2km road using concrete. The stretch from Mukkola to Karode road will be constructed in a new alignment, for which the estimated cost is Rs 1,412.42 crore and L&T Constructions will undertake the work.

A concrete road for a major carriageway will be first-of-its-kind in the state

NHAI is considering the use of concrete to reduce the use of steel and bitumen and also to ensure durability. Compared to usual construction which uses a large quantity of bitumen, this method will use more cement and concrete.

The life cycle of concrete roads is around 25 years while the bituminous roads have a life of only 15 years. The initial cost of constructing such as road will be high. But considering the cost required for maintenance, concrete roads are cost effective.

The life cycle of concrete roads are around 25 years while the bituminous roads have a life of only 15 years.

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway built in 2002 is the first concrete highway in the country. One of the major criticism against this road was cases of tyres bursting due to heat. Vehicle’s running noise is also said to be a drawback of concrete roads.

The L&T has begun preliminary works such as soil test and clearing of hurdles for the second phase.

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