It will connect the people of Islamabad and removed the long distance between New and Old Islamabad.

Hopeful, Development will start after the accomplishment of Metro Bus Project which is almost completed.

Project outline

Under the PC-I, available with The Express Tribune, the project includes developing a signal-free, controlled-access corridor on Islamabad Highway up to a five-lane dual carriageway as marked in the Islamabad Master Plan.

The total length of Islamabad Highway from Zero Point Interchange to Rawat — the intersection of Islamabad Highway and GT Road — is approximately 24 kilometres. If the project goes ahead, point-to-point driving time would fall below 15 minutes.

The project includes rehabilitation, widening, grade-separated interchanges, flyovers, underpasses, hydraulic structures, pedestrian bridges, bus bays, fencing, lighting, and other works.

Phased work

The first phase of the project includes rehabilitation of the existing three-lane dual carriageway and addition of two new lanes on either side of the highway from Zero Point Interchange to Faizabad Interchange.

Phase two includes rehabilitation of the existing five-lane dual carriageway from Faizabad to Airport Chowk.

The final phase includes rehabilitation of the existing two-lane dual carriageway from Airport Chowk to Rawat, along with the addition of three new lanes on either side.

According to traffic estimates, the expanded highway would be able to manage the traffic load on the route for the next two decades.

Besides this, new service roads on the east and west sides of the highway from Airport Chowk to Rawat will also be constructed.

Two new interchanges — at Airport Chowk and Rawat — are also part of the project, while three flyovers — one each in Sector I-8, Faizabad Interchange, and Defense Housing Authority — will also be part of the project, along with underpasses and overhead bridges at Kuri Road, PWD colony, Japan Road, Korang, and Soan.

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