Many had anticipated that the Election results and the formation of the new government may hamper the speed of widening the bypass, but thankfully the work is progressing at a good speed.
As of now, the flattening of land and strengthening of the land is in progress. Hillocks on the way are being flattened to make way for the widening. The progress of hillock flattening is seen below.
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for the much-awaited Widening of Hubballi Dharwad bypass on February 28th, 2022.
The project will be executed under EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) mode, and is likely to be completed within 2.5 years. The estimated cost of construction is ₹1200 Crores.
All toll plazas across the existing 2-lane HD bypass will be removed, and only one Toll plaza will be constructed. And another thing to note is that travelers between Hubballi and Dharwad will be exempted from paying the toll.
The project will include the following facilities: Street lighting, Tree plantations, Bus bays and Shelters, Traffic and Medical aid post, Vehicle rescue post, and Highway patrol units.