The National Highway Authority (NHA) is all set to complete the 25.6 km trek from Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA). This project was initiated in April 2017 on the special directives of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and is being completed as per the original design in less than a year time at a cost of Rs15 billion.
In order to speed up the work, the project was divided into 4 packages. Package 3, from G T Road interchange to Motorway Intersection (8.3 km) and Package 4, from Motorway intersection to the new airport (5.5 km) have been successfully completed and right now road safety works including lane marking, cat eyes, guardrail and signboard are in progress.
Work on package 1, from Peshawar Morr to NUST (8 km) and package 2, from NUST to G T Road interchange (3.8 km) will be completed by the end of March. All the structures including 8 bridges, 14 underpasses and 28 culverts, including the most challenging underpass at Golra Morr have been successfully completed. NHA is also constructing eight states of the art bus terminals along the trek which will be completed by the end of May.
Once completed, the metro project will immensely help in facilitating the traffic of the twin cities and the surrounding areas moving towards and coming from the new airport.