The Iconic Signature Bridge on Yamuna at Wazirabad is now open for public. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the state of art Signature Bridge on 4th November 2018. The approaches on Eastern side (1.8 Km Long) and western side (1.5 km long Flyover on Outer Ring Road) of the bridge as well as a dedicated cycle track have been completed long back and have already been opened to traffic in phases. Thus the components of overall project that are independent of bridge are already in use by the public. The Main Bridge (Cable Stayed) over river Yamuna is also completed now to take the traffic and will be dedicated to public immediately after its inauguration.
Wazirabad Bridge or Signature Bridge Project is an initiative of Delhi Government, planned during the Commonwealth Games. It was conceptualized to be a landmark tourist icon that would also speed up the movement of expanding vehicular traffic between North and East Delhi over the river Yamuna along with facilitating enhanced interstate traffic movement between Delhi and the states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. It took 14 years to build it, announced in 2004, the Signature Bridge has missed several deadlines since 2011, but the iconic Signature Bridge is finally ready for Delhi.
The Signature Bridge, apart from making the travel time faster between north and northeast Delhi, will serve as a tourist destination. It has a 154-metre-high glass box which will act like an observation deck for the visitors, giving them a bird’s-eye view of the city. The viewing deck is likely to be open to public by February. The visitors will be taken to the viewing deck in four elevators, which will be able to carry around 50 people at a time. The elevators area is likely to be operational in two months.
The 575-metre Signature Bridge will also have designated selfie spots for tourists to seal their memories. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has invited the general public to witness a “civil engineering spectacle”.
The design and construction of the bridge project has been entrusted to the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) as a deposit work of Delhi Government. The construction components of the eastern approach has 1.8 km long embankment to connect the main cable stayed bridge with the marginal bund road at the Khajuri Khas intersection in East Delhi.