M2 motorway (Pakistan)

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Coordinates: 31°32′19″N 74°15′42″E / 31.53861°N 74.26167°E / 31.53861; 74.26167

Pakistan M-2.svg

M-2
Route information
Part of AH1
Maintained by NHA
Length: 375 km (233 mi)
Existed: 1992 – present
History: Completed in 1997
Major junctions
North end: Islamabad
  M3
South end: Lahore
Location
Major cities: Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Pindi Bhattian, Bhalwal
Highway system

National Highways of Pakistan

Motorways of Pakistan

The M-2 is a motorway in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is 367 km long and connects Lahore with Islamabad. It passes through Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura, Khanqah Dogran,Kot Sarwar, Pindi Bhattian, Salem, Lilla, Kot Momin, Kallar Kahar, Balksar, and Chakri before ending just outside the twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It then continues on to eventually become the M1 motorway linking the twin cities with Peshawar. The M-2 crosses the junction of the M3 (to Faisalabad) at Pindi Bhattian. It is part of Pakistan's Motorway Network. Chaudhary Ghias Mela recently inaugurated the Sial More interchange which exits at Sial More and provides an alternate route to Sargodha.

One of the most expensive motorways in Asia, it has the highest pillared-bridge in Asia (at the Khewra Salt Range)


Route[edit]

The M-2 starts to the west of Lahore, at the Thokar Niaz Baig junction of N-5 (National Highway No. 5). Once it crosses the Ravi River, it diverges from the N-5 (also known as GT or Grand Trunk Road) and heads west towards Sheikhupura. After passing the Sheikhupura Interchange Khanqah Dogran Interchange comes at a distance of 36 km from the Sheikhupura Interchange. After once at Pindi Bhattian, it crosses the M3 junction and turns north-west. It continues all the way to Kallar Kahar, where it enters the Salt Ranges. Once past the Salt Ranges, the M-2 turns north and ends just west of Rawalpindi at the junction between the Islamabad Link Road and the M1. The whole stretch of the M-2 consists of 6 lanes, and there are a number of rest areas along the route, with washroom and eating facilities.

History[edit]

The M-2 was conceived by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his first term(1990–1993) and later inaugurated on November 26, 1997,[1] during his second term. In late 2006, upgrades were made to the portion of the M-2 passing through the Salt Ranges due to increasing complaints of drivers. The upgrades included better marking of the road lines and increased size of road signs for easy visibility.

1. M2 Zero Point, Lahore

     Thokar Niaz Beg, Lahore

2. Babu Sabu Interchange

     Eastern Exit to Babu Sabu, City center, Chowk Yatim Khana, Lahore Ring Road, Distt. Courts

3. Faiz Pure Interchange

      Eastern Exit to Shahdra Town and N-5
      Western Exit to Sharq Pure, Nakana Sahib and Jardanwala

4. Kot Abdul Malik Interchange

      Under Construction

5. Kala Shah Kaku Interchange

     Eastern Exit to Kala Shah Kaku, Lahore Link Road and N-5

6. Sheikhupura Interchange

     Eastern  Exit to Gujranwala and N-5
     Western  Exit to Sheikhupura and Shahkot
      

7. Khanqah Dogran Interchange

      Eastern Exit to Hafizabad
      Western Exit to Khanqah Dogran

8. Sukheki Interchange

      Eastern Exit to Hafizabad
      Western Exit to Sukheki

9. Motorway M-3 Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad

      Western Exit to Faisalabad

10. Pindi Bhattian Interchange

       Eastern Exit to Hafizabad, Gujranwala and N-5
       Western Exit to Pindi Bhattian, Chiniot and Jhang

11. Makhzoom Interchange

       Eastern Exit to Gujrat and N-5
       Western Exit to Sial Morde and Sargodha

12. Kot Momin Interchange

       Eastern Exit to Mela Bhabra
       Western Exit to Kot Momin, Bhalwal and Sargodha
      

13. Saalam Interchange

       Eastern Exit to Mandi Bahauddin, Phalia, Gujrat and N-5
       Western Exit to Saalam, Bhalwal and Sargodha

14. Bhera Interchange

       Eastern Exit to Bhera, Malakwal, Sarai Alamgir, Kharian and N-5
       Western Exit to Shahpure Saddar and Khaushab

13. Lilla Sharif Interchange

       Eastern Exit to Pind Dadan Khan, Khewra, Jhelum and N-5
       Western Exit to Lilla Sharif, Khaushab

15. Kallar Kahar Interchange

         Eastern Exit to Chakwal, Choa Saidan Shah, Khewra Salt Mine, Sohawa and N-5
         Western Exit to Kallar Kahar, Talagang, Khaushab, Mianwali
     

16. Balkassar Interchange

        Eastern Exit to Chakwal, Mandra and N-5
        Western Exit to Balkassar, Talagang, Mianwali
        

17. Chakri Interchange

         Eastern Exit to Chakri, Rawalpindi and N-5
         Western Exit to Pindi Gheb

18. M2-M1 Junction, Islamabd

         Eastern Exit to Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Islamabad Motorways Link Road, N-5
         Western Exit to Gandhara International Airport Road(proposed)
The highest pillared-bridge in Asia can be seen here

Fuel stations[edit]

  • Sukheki
  • Sial morde
  • Saalam
  • Bhera
  • Kalar Kahar
  • Chakri

Sunday is the only day when CNG remains available throughout this route.

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