Islamabad - In order to ensure smooth traffic flow in the federal capital, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is going to start three major construction projects within next three months.

The CDA has started work to finalise design of three flyovers/overpasses to be constructed on different roads of the city and avenues in the next year, a senior officer of the CDA told The Nation on Tuesday. These projects include construction of a flyover at Kashmir Highway-7th Avenue junction with the cost of Rs 1 billion. The construction of this flyover is part of the scheme to turn Kashmir Highway into a signal-free road.

To achieve this objective, three overpasses would be constructed at G-9, G-10 and G-11 links so as to let the traffic go smooth. Subsequently, road signals at Police Lines, G-9 and G-10 would be abolished.

Furthermore, the CDA is planning to construct two separate underpasses to connect F-7 to F-8 and G-7 to G-8. Both the underpasses would be constructed at Faisal Avenue which would help eliminate conflicting traffic pattern, which poses a great risk to the road users. At the moment, the vehicles have to take 2-3 U-turns to enter F-8 and G-8 from the 7th sector. The underpasses would cost Rs 300 million each which would not only facilitate vehicles but would also benefit pedestrians.

The officer further told this scribe that all these projects are at design stage and the civic body hopes that this would start within next three months and will be completed within one year. He said CDA was also planning construction of 11th Avenue and an interchange at IJP Road and 9th Avenue and their designs were being finalised.