The 7.5 km JVLR-Koparkhairane-Ghansoli bridge will be the only inter-city link with a long cycle track and a walkway which will be accessible from both ends.
MMRDA engineer-inchief P D Mamdapure said that N P Bridging (Belgium), consultants for the infra-project, may submit the final report on the 3x3 lane bridge that will link the eastern suburbs by mid-September.
Space was an issue for the design, and sources said the traffic police wanted 4x4 lanes, but it would have led to the demolition of many buildings. It will be the third bridge over the creek; the others being the Vashi creek bridge to Chembur and beyond, and the Airoli bridge to Mulund.
The Navi Mumbai-end provides for a seamless corridor for travelling to Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan and Ambernath, besides throwing open a direct corridor with the new second international airport. It will mean easier access for residents of Ghatkopar, Powai, Vikhroli, Kanjur Marg and Bhandup. The connector will lead to a real estate boom as travel time will reduce by about an hour.
The bridge will have ramp connectivity on the Eastern Expressway with a city connect on the Thane-Belapur road.