Load test commences on Palarivattom Flyover, as the reconstruction works of Palarivattom flyover enters the final phase, a load test is being carried out on the structure . It is reported that the load test will be completed by March 4.
At present, the last round of the load test is being carried out ahead of opening the flyover for the public. The load test is conducted to examine the strength of the bridge and its capacity to carry the vehicles.
The flyover had 19 spans, and out of these 17 have been reconstructed. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS) are targeting to complete the entire reconstruction works by Friday.
At present, four vehicles are used for load test. Two trucks weighing 30 tonnes each and two other trucks weighing 25 tonnes each are parked on both sides of the flyover for examining the load capacity. Eventually the number of vehicles will be increased to six.
The flyover can be thrown open for traffic on the successful completion of the load test, which began on Saturday. It is done to analyze the strength of the bridge and its capacity to carry the vehicles. “It will take around 72 hours to complete the load test on a single span. The entire activity is expected to be completed by Friday- said an official who is monitoring the work.
Similarly, a weight of 220 tonnes will be placed on the bridge and removed multiple times as part of the test. After the completion of the load test, DMRC will hand over the flyover to Road and Bridges Development Corporation-Kerala (RBDCK).
Meanwhile, the declaration of assembly polls in the state could further delay the opening of the flyover. As the model code of conduct has come into force, the state government will not be able to go ahead with the inaugural events.
However, officials with DMRC said that RBDCK, which owns the flyover, can throw it open for public “without any fanfare” once it is handed over to them.
Content Courtesy : THE TIMES OF INDIA