Western Express Highway

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Western Express Highway
पश्चिम द्रुतगति महामार्ग
Expressway Map
Scene of Western Express highway
Route information
Maintained by MMRDA,[1] NHAI
Length: 25.33 km (15.74 mi)
Major junctions
North end: NH8 in Dahisar
  Veer Savarkar Road and General AK Vaidya Marg in Goregaon
JVLR in Jogeshwari
SCLR in Santacruz
Andheri-Kurla Road in Andheri
Sahar Road in Andheri
SEAR in Vile Parle
SV Road in Bandra
South end: Bandra
Location
States: Maharashtra
Districts: Mumbai Suburban
Major cities: Mumbai
Highway system
Western Express Highway
Andheri Flyover
Signage on Western Express Highway

The Western Express Highway, shortened to WEH, is a major north-south 8-10 lane arterial road in Mumbai, India, stretching from the suburb of Bandra to Dahisar. The 25.33 km (15.74 mi)[2] highway begins near the Mahim Creek and extends to the Mira-Dahisar toll booth in the northern limit of the city. Beyond the city limits, it continues as the Mumbai-Delhi National Highway 8. The road serves the city of Mumbai to its suburbs, including the Sahar International Airport.

This highway has been instrumental in reducing congestion on SV Road in western Part of the city.[citation needed] There are several flyovers built along sections Western Express Highway. The Andheri Flyover (openend in 2002) was one of the flyovers built over the Western Express Highway to avoid traffic lights for vehicles moving towards Vile Parle, Bandra and so on. Recently another project has been undertaken by the MSRDC to construct a flyover bridge from Vile Parle Onwards to avoid regular traffic jams that occur on the Highway. New reflectors are installed on the Express highway for better visibility of the road during the night. Signs showing directions have also been set up at major junctions of the highway. Over the past decade, there have been major improvements including installation of better signage, improvements to landscaping and the introduction of marked lanes, painted kerbsides and pedestrian bridges.

Due to work on the new terminal at BOM and the construction of a new airport flyover, there is additional traffic on the WEH. The airport flyover, also known as Sahar Elevated Access Road connects to the WEH using tunnels and bridges. The airport flyover was finished a few days ago and motorists on the WEH are able to access the new terminal with ease. The other alternative to the SEAR, is to turn east on to local streets which are relatively narrow, have poor lighting and have lower speed limits. [3] There are plans to put the Chhtrapati Shivaji statue near the entrance of the SEAR; previously this statue was located at the Sahar terminal of the airport.

Link roads connecting WEH and EEH such as the Jogeshwari – Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) and Santa Cruz – Chembur Link Road (SCLR) are the major arterial roads of the Mumbai suburban road network. Both the WEH and the EEH run along north to south direction and are parallel in certain sections.[4]

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