To ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic between Nagpur-Bhandara-Raipur, the National Highways Authority of India has decided to construct a 14.80km six-lane bypass ahead of Bhandara city costing ₹700 crore. The project also includes the construction of a bridge over the Wainganga River. The Bhandara bypass (including the Wainganga bridge) will be between 485-499.80 km on NH-53, which will be another milestone in the region. It will be built on the EPC model.
Pune-based Shri Swami Samarth Engineers Limited has bagged the contract and will start the work next month. The six-lane divided carriageway will be a boon for travellers who currently use the existing bridge to enter and exit Bhandara city. The stretch of NH-53 passing through Bhandara city is part of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-III, the link of Raipur–Nagpur sanction of NH-53.