The second phase of NH-66 Bypass is purely made out of concrete and it will become the first concrete highway in the state.
If reports are true, the second phase of Kazhakkoottam-Karode NH-66 Bypass widening project will be commissioned in around six to eight months.
Sources in the NHAI said that the stretch from Mukkola-Karode, which is a greenfield project, is progressing without any issues. NHAI hopes to commission it by June 2018. The maximum extension will be one or two months after that.
The road widening project was started in July 2017 and has seen a progress of 25%. Officials promise that remaining works will be completed at a faster pace.
In addition to various underpasses and overpasses, one bridge will be constructed as part of the project, which will come up across Neyyar near Neyyatinkara.
The second phase of NH-66 Bypass is purely made out of concrete and it will become the first concrete highway in the state. In concrete roads, dry lean concrete will be used instead of wet mix macadam over the granular sub base. Dense bituminous macadam will be used for the top layer. The concrete roads will be more durable than the tarred roads.
Unfortunately, the first phase, that is from Kazhakoottam to Mukkola which began a year ago is still caught in various hurdles. The issue of approach road of the airport is still a major headache for the project.
Though the NHAI had requested state to share the cost for the construction of a new ramp, the state government wrote a letter stating its difficulty in bearing the cost. The NHAI has not taken a final decision on the funding of the approach road, which is expected to cost around Rs 142 crore.