Road Network of the State of Maharashtra
Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC)
Maharashtra has the largest network of highways in India with 18 national highways. The main national highways in Maharashtra are: NH 3, NH 50, NH 69, NH 7, NH 17, NH 211, NH 204, NH 4, NH 8, NH 9, NH 13, NH 16, NH 4B, NH 6, and NH 222. You can imagine the vastness of highways in this state by the fact that the total length of highways in the state of Maharashtra exceeds 3700 kms; whereas the total road network exceeds 265,000 km.
Almost 98% villages are connected via the highways and modern roads in Maharashtra. National Highways 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16 and 17 link Mumbai to the neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and the rest of the country. The other major cities inside Maharashtra such as, Amravati, Washim, Ahmadnagar, Akola, and Jalgaon are also interlinked via these highways.
Major Expressways and Highways
Mumbai- Pune Expressway
Mumbai- Pune Expressway in Maharashtra is the best and the most important expressway, which links financial capital Mumbai to the cultural capital of the state, Pune. It is surrounded by the scenic beauty and hill stations, which makes your trip a pleasurable experience. The distance from Andheri in Mumbai to Deccan in Pune is around 168 km, but the drive through the Expressway takes less than three hours, with all the intercity crossroads and traffic lights interruptions.
Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Highway connects two major Maharashtra cities Nagpur & Aurangabad with the capital Mumbai. Travelling through NH6 makes it possible to save around 65 km distance and the total travel time reduces to one-and-half hours approximately.
Eastern Express Highway
Eastern Express Highway is about 24km long; part of NH3, it is a major road of Mumbai metropolitan area. Eastern Express Highway is a six-lane highway with as many as 12 flyovers.
Extending from CST Mumbai to Thane, it becomes Dr Ambedkar Road beyond Sion in central Mumbai. It is an extremely busy road with loads of rush hour traffic. Around 50,000 cars use this road every day. It is maintained under the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project.
Sion Panvel Expressway
Sion Panvel Expressway is a 25 km long under construction road in Mumbai metropolitan area, which connects Sion in central Mumbai to Panvel in the eastern suburban area via Navi Mumbai. An important and one of the busiest roads in the Mumbai, it links the financial capital to the National Highway 4. It is a much wider (12 lane) highway and you can take it from BARC Junction Sion till Kalamboli Junction Panvel suburban area.
Western Express Highway, an eight to ten lane arterial road of Mumbai is a 26km long highway from Bandra suburban area in the south Mumbai to the Mira-Dahisar in the north Mumbai. It important road for the commuters of Mumbai, it becomes NH8 in north to reach Delhi. It also passes through the Sahar International Airport.
Part of the Marathwada Integrated Road Development Project, Yedshi-Latur-Nanded Highway is a 240km long expressway in the state of Maharashtra linking two major cities Latur and Nanded and further with National Highway 9. The highway has a potential to further save more than 1.5 hrs of travel time between the city of Latur and Mumbai, under the new four lane expansion plan.
Last Updated on : 09 September 2011