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Sunday, July 17, 2011

M2 motorway (Pakistan)

The M-2 is a motorway in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is 367 km long and connects Lahore with Islamabad. It passes through Kala Shah Kaku,Sheikhupura, Khanqah Dogran,Kot Sarwar, Pindi Bhattian, Salem, Lilla, Kot Momin, Kallar Kahar, Balksar, and Chakri before ending just outside the twin citiesRawalpindi and Islamabad. It then continues on to eventually become the M1 motorway linking the twin cities with Peshawar. The M-2 crosses the junction of the M3 (to Faisalabad) at Pindi Bhattian. It is part of Pakistan's Motorway Network.

One of the most expensive motorways in Asia, it has the highest pillared-bridge in Asia (at the Khewra Salt Range)

The most interesting fact is that it can be used by Pakistan Air Force to land or take off many Fighter Jets.


Route

The M-2 starts to the west of Lahore, at the Thokar Niaz Baig junction of N-5 (National Highway No. 5). Once it crosses the Ravi River, it diverges from the N-5(also known as GT or Grand Trunk Road) a

nd heads west towards Sheikhupura. After passing the Sheikhupura Interchange Khanqah Dogran Interchange come

s at a distance of 36 km from the Sheikhupura Interchange. After once at Pindi Bhattian, it crosses the M3 junction

and turns north-west. It continues all the way to Kallar Kahar, where it enters the Salt Ranges. Once past the Salt Ranges, the M-2 turns north and ends just west of Rawalpindi at the junction between the Islamabad Link Road and the M1. The whole stretch of the M-2 consists of 6 lanes, and there are a number of rest areas along the route, with washroom and eating facilities.

History

The M-2 was conceived by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his first term(1990–1993) and later inaugurated on November 26, 1997,[1] during his second term. In late 2006, upgrades were made to the portion of the M-2 passing through the Salt Ranges due to increasing complaints of drivers. The upgrades included better marking of the road lines and increased size of road signs for easy visibility.


Junctions & Interchanges

M-2 Motorway
Westbound exitsJunctionEastbound exits
1Lahore Link Road to Kala Shah Kaku and N-5
To Sheikhupura and Shahkot2To Gujranwala and N-5
M3 to Faisalabad3To Khanqah Dogran and N-5
To Kot Momin and Sargodha4To Phalla, Gujrat and N-5
To Salam and Bhalwal5To Rasul, Kharian and N-5
To Lilla and Khushab6To Pind Dadan, Jhelum and N-5
To Talagang and Khushab7To Kallar Kahar, Chakwal, Sohawa and N-5
To Balkassar8To Mandra and N-5Pakistan
To Pindi Gheb9To Chakri and N-5
Airport Link Road *10To Islamabad Link Road

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