The state highways department has planned to commission the four-lane Ariyalur-Sendurai highway to heavy vehicles by March 2024 as 70% of construction work has been completed, officials said.
The road widening work was taken up at 109 crore under the chief minister road development project (CMRDP) in June last year.
Meanwhile, chief engineer R Chandrasekar of the department conducted a quality inspection of the completed portion of the project last week. Officials expressed satisfaction with work.
An official said the narrow 17.2km long stretch between Ariyalur and Sendurai towns was posing accident risks as trucks visiting cement factories and limestone quarries on the stretch were making around 800 trips a day. So the department took up work to widen the road from 7m to 15m.
As many as 43 new culverts were proposed to be constructed and 12 existing culverts were to be widened. Around 80% of work pertaining to culverts were completed.
Besides, storm water drains for 6.9km long covering Thamaraikulam and Rayampuram villages are also being constructed.