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 Dahisar to Bandra. The 25.33 km (15.74 mi) 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 Delhi-Bengaluru National Highway 48. The road serves the city of Mumbai to its suburbs, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
This highway has been instrumental in reducing congestion on SV Road in western Part of the city. There are several flyovers built along sections Western Express Highway. The Andheri Flyover (opened 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. Other flyovers on the highway are the National Park, Dindoshi, Thakur Complex, Times of India, Pathanwadi, Goregaon, JVLR, Centaur, Vakola, and the newly opened Kherwadi flyovers. Motorists can now travel with no traffic signal from Dahisar till Bandra. 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.
The airport flyover, also known as Sahar Elevated Access Road, connects to the WEH using tunnels and bridges. The airport flyover was finished in 2014, 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. The statue of The Chhtrapati Shivaji is placed 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.
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