Islamabad Expressway expansion to ease traffic flow, increase road safety in the capital
ISLAMABAD – The new expansion of Islamabad Expressway will have a separate lane for bikers which will not only enhance road safety but also ensure uninterrupted traffic flow. Islamabad Expressway will be signal free with all modern road facilities.
“The expressway will become the first major avenue in the country to have such facility,” said Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Maroof Afzal. There are segregated lanes for motorcycle and bicycle riders in many countries which have proved to be a successful experience for maintaining road safety and smooth traffic flow. This is the reason CDA is now considering to adopt same measure in Islamabad to minimize road accidents.
The CDA chairman said that the Islamabad Expressway was one of the major arteries for access to the capital city and its expansion was much needed for easing traffic flow. He said the signal free expressway corridor would be provided with all modern road facilities and the expansion project would be completed in stipulated time.
CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal accompanied by Member Administration and Estate Amer Ali Ahmed, Member Engineering Shahid Sohail recently visited the project to inspect the ongoing carpeting and development work being carried out round the clock to meet the deadline.
The project is being carried out in line with the international standard to ensure quality project execution. Modern German machinery is also being utilized to carry out the carpeting and other development work while German road infrastructure expert is supervising.
Islamabad Expressway to have 8 Lanes after expansion
The planned expansion will convert the current 6-lane Islamabad Highway, from Zero Point Interchange till the Faizabad Flyover, to an 8 lane route. An interchange has been planned to be constructed on the I-8 Crossing Chowk as well.
In the first phase of the project, signal-free route for traffic from Faizabad to Zero Point Interchange and beyond will be introduced. While this expansion will be extended from Faizabad Flyover to Karal Chowk in the second phase. The signal-free route will further be extended to Rawaat city in the third phase and then into a 10 lane highway from which two lanes shall be designated for heavy traffic only.
Currently, traffic jam starts from the I-8 crossing in peak hours, which causes big delays. The new expansion of Islamabad Expressway means more car accommodation on roads and signal free roads.