Islamabad: The planned interchange on 7th Avenue with grade separation facility is awaiting the meeting and approval of the Development Working Party (DWP) of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), and will be presented in their next meeting – a news source reported.
The interchange was announced in 2008 but is yet to begin due to various delays. It had been discussed by a DWP meeting last November. It had been decided that the project would be discussed further in the next meeting, but since then it has been planned and deferred twice.
According to the locals, without the grade separation facility, the intersection near Aabpaara becomes absolutely chaotic during rush hour. The new interchange will be built on Aabpara Chowk that connects 7th Avenue to Kashmir Highway and Garden Avenue. It is expected to help prevent traffic jams and long waits at the traffic signals in the area.
The estimated cost of the 7th Avenue Interchange is projected to be PKR 1.5 billion. Its design is said to be similar to the interchange on Zero Point.
The work on the rehabilitation of Khayaban-i-Suharwardy, from CDA Headquarters to Aabpara Chowk, is also being completed currently. The work began in November last year and it is yet to be opened to the public. The road had been closed to the public about 11 years ago, but it was partially opened last year by the Supreme Court.