Construction and Maintenance

This wing of the Highways Department undertakes major infrastructure projects like the strengthening and improvements of roads, construction of bridges, Railway Over Bridges and formation of bypasses. A total length of 57,043 km of Government Roads is under the control of this wing, which functions with eight circles and thirty eight divisions. 

Functions:
  • Maintenance of State Highways, Major District Roads, Other District Roads and bridges
  • Restoration of roads and bridges affected by natural calamities like monsoons, floods and Tsunami
  • Execution of road and bridge works under Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme
  • Formation of bypasses
  • Execution of Part – II scheme works
  • Maintenance of ODR - Sugarcane Roads
The schemes undertaken by this wing are as follows

Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme (CRIDP)

This is the flagship scheme of the Government, in which widening of all intermediate lane State Highways (SH) to double lane; widening of single lane Major District Roads (MDR) progressively to intermediate lane and widening of Other District Roads (ODR) with heavy traffic intensity from single lane to intermediate lane are being taken up. In addition, construction of Bridges and Culverts, formation of Bypasses and protective works such as Drains, Retaining walls and Centre medians are also taken up.

Further under this scheme, improvement of Other District Roads under Special Component Plan of CRIDP are taken up to connect villages with more than 40% of Adi Dravidar population.

Part II Schemes

The State Government allocates a sum of Rs.10 Crore every year to this department for construction of bridges, buildings, traveller’s bungalows, purchase of office equipment, laboratory equipment and software, conducting research etc., Infrastructure facilities are improved by utilizing this fund.

Formation of bypasses

Bypasses form part of the transport system that helps in diversion of traffic from entering into congested cities and towns. Bypasses reduce the travelling time of through-traffic. Construction of bypasses assumes top priority in managing the traffic growth in cities.

The Department takes up formation of bypasses in two phases (viz) land acquisition in the first phase and formation of road works in the second phase

Maintenance Works

Proper maintenance of road infrastructure is essential for easy movement of traffic. Timely and proper maintenance of roads reduces construction cost. Proper maintenance of bridges constructed at huge cost enhances the life span of these structures.

In addition, maintenance of cross drainage works will facilitate easy draining of flood water during monsoon period and reduces the damage to the riding surface.

Renewal and maintenance of roads and bridges are carried out as per IRC norms under non-plan maintenance fund.

Road Safety Works

In order to prevent accidents, improvement to accident prone areas or black spots has been taken up. Road safety works like widening of narrow culverts, improvement to accident prone areas such as widening / reconstruction of narrow bridges, Junction improvements and construction of centre median are being taken up using the funds provided by the Home Department.


Details of ongoing projects


CRIDP-SH
In 2012-2013, spillover works of widening and improvements to 731 km of roads and 70 bridges and culverts have been taken up at a cost of Rs.754 Crore.
New works for widening and improvements to 1305 km of roads, 27 bridges and culverts and 24 protective works at a cost of Rs.903.80 Crore have been sanctioned. These include widening of 248 km of Intermediate Lane roads to Double Lane roads at a cost of Rs.149.45 Crore.
In 2012-2013, widening and improvements of 1236 km roads and construction of 57 bridges and culverts have been completed at an expenditure of Rs.796.85 Crore.
Under this scheme, a budget provision of Rs.850.47 Crore has been made for the year 2013-2014

CRIDP-MDR
In 2012-2013, Spillover works of widening and improvements to 944 km of roads and construction of 33 bridges and culverts have been taken up at a cost of Rs.382 Crore.
New works for widening and improvements to 1588 km roads, 22 bridges and culverts and 15 protective works at a cost of Rs.818.72 Crore have been sanctioned. These include widening of 895 km of Single Lane roads to Intermediate Lane roads at a cost of Rs. 456.43 Crore.
In 2012-2013, widening and improvements in 1582 km of roads and 55 bridges and culverts have been completed at an expenditure of Rs.593.75 Crore
Under this scheme, a budget provision of Rs.637.85 Crore has been made for the year 2013-2014

CRIDP-ODR
In 2012-2013, Spill over works of widening and improvements to 321 km of roads and construction of 52 bridges and culverts were taken up at a cost of Rs.46 Crore.
New works for widening and improvements to 763 km of roads, 36 bridges and culverts and 22 protective works at a cost of Rs.224.02 Crore have been sanctioned.
In 2012-2013, widening and improvements to 642 km of roads and 68 bridges and culverts have been completed at an expenditure of Rs.199.40 Crore.
Under this scheme, a budget provision of Rs.228.78 Crore has been made for the year 2013-2014

CRIDP - Other District Roads - Special Component Plan

In 2012-2013, Spillover works of widening and improvements to 646 km of roads and construction of 53 bridges and culverts were taken up at a cost of Rs.112 Crore.
New works for widening and improvements to 1286 km roads, 29 bridges and culverts and 13 protective works at a cost of Rs.315.95 Crore have been sanctioned.
In 2012-2013, widening and improvements to 1166 km roads and 49 bridges and culverts have been completed at an expenditure of Rs.315 Crore.
Under this scheme, a budget provision of Rs.315 Crore has been made for the year 2013-2014

Formation of Bypasses:
Formation of 26 bypasses in various towns has been taken up. The works of formation of bypasses to Pattukottai (phase-I), Dharapuram (phase-I), Perambalur (phase-II), Rasipuram (phase-I), Hosur (phase-II) and Thiruthuraipoondi are in progress.
Land acquisition for the formation of the Thanjavur bypass (Phase-II) is nearing completion. Land Acquisition work for the Sivagangai and Edapady bypasses sanctioned during 2011-12 is in progress.
In 2012-2013, the Government have sanctioned Land Acquisition for forming bypasses to Tharamangalam, Manachanallur, Mannargudi and Tiruttani at a cost of Rs.37.18 Crore.
Further, during 2012-2013, bypasses to Vandavasi, Perambalur (Phase I) and Dharapuram (Phase II) have been completed.

Non - Plan Maintenance Works
In 2012-2013, an allocation of Rs.1029.60 Crore has been made for the maintenance of roads and bridges including the 13th Finance Commission grant of Rs.301.64 Crore and provision for the salary component of the Work Charged Establishment.
Apart from this, an amount of Rs.151.35 Crore has been provided for maintenance of Panchayat Union roads taken up by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department out of the Grant–In-Aid recommended by the 13th Finance Commission.
During 2012-2013, relaying of 5354 km of roads have been completed at an expenditure of Rs.1040.14 Crore.
Budget provision of Rs.1088.07 Crore has been provided for the current year 2013-2014 including the 13th Finance Commission grant.