Prior to the construction of the bridge, there was a railway crossing at Kodambakkam, one of the busiest in the city. Choked by heavy traffic, the construction of a bridge was first proposed in the Lok Sabha in the late 1950s. Eventually, the Madras State Highways Department took up the construction of a bridge in September 1963 and completed it in September 1965.
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- Debates: official report. Government Press, India. 1959. pp. 259–261.