Flyover Bridge: Types, Components, Advantages & Disadvantages

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In this article, we will discuss the flyover bridge.

A flyover is constructed over the road for the purpose of traffic management. It can be constructed over the railway or existing roadway. Nowadays, the use of these flyovers has become a common engineering term in big cities where traffic is hard to manage.


Reason for providing Flyover Bridge?

As the traffic volume on the road goes on adding due to which we don’t have any space left in both the dimensions, there is the only option left will be to go to the third dimension and that is carried out through flyover construction on the cities.



  1. Types of Flyover  


a. Road crossing Flyover

In this case, the main road is utilized for quick traffic movement which is made to travel at a high level by a bridge, having ramps on both the sides; and the low traffic is made to travel below. Thus the raffles pass at two levels so, there is no chance of an accident.

Road crossing Flyover


b. Railway crossing Flyover

At railway crossings where there is high traffic crowding in terms of the frequency of trains moving by or the traffic on the road, in both the cases the flyover should be kept along the road. Here the flyover becomes very essential to construct.

Railway crossing Flyover


a. Classification of Flyover Bridges as Per According to Form.


1. Overpass Flyover

When the flyover is made passing through an existing roadway or railway crossing obstacles over it is known as an Overpass flyover. Overpass flyovers are mainly built to separate the railway path from the other traffic (i.e vehicle and pedestrian traffic).


Overpass Flyover


2. Underpass Flyover

When the flyover is made passing through an existing roadway or railway crossing obstacles below it is known as an Underpass flyover. Generally, an underpass flyover is made for pedestrians and vehicles to move without disturbing of railway and roadway. Both of these flyovers help in the improvement of traffic management, which directly decreases the rate of accidents.


Underpass Flyover


b. Classification of Flyover as Per According to Material

Types of Flyover


1. Composite Flyover

The flyover was prepared by use of two or more construction materials such types of flyovers are known as composite flyovers.


Composite Flyover


2. Steel Flyover

The flyover made use of steel as the main component on the flyover is known as steel flyover. This type of flyover is less expensive than that composite and concrete flyovers. As it is made of steel, the temperature variance can great a problem related to expansion and compression so, the steel should galvanize or painted well.


Steel Flyover


3. Concrete Flyover

The flyover made use of concrete as the main component on the flyover is known as a steel flyover.


Concrete Flyover



  2. Components of Fly Over  

It consists of a deck slab, longitudinal girders, cross girders, deck beam, pier, and foundation. All the components present in a flyover are shown in the figure below.

It consists of a deck slab, longitudinal girders, cross girders, deck beam, pier and foundation.



  3. Difference Between Flyover and Bridge  

The bridge is a structure that spreads horizontally between two or more supports, whose work is to carry vertical loads. A flyover is the type of bridge constructed over the road.


1The bridge stands for the structure that arranges passage over an obstacle devoid of sealing the way underneath. The necessary passage may belong to a road, a railway, pedestrians, a canal, or a pipeline. The obstacle to be passed may range from a river, a road, a railway, or a valley.Flyover stands for a bridge that bears one road or railway line over another either including or excluding supplementary roads for making communication between the two.
2This is utilized for connection use but it is built above roads as an overpass.The bridge is made to connect the two different points.
3They are made for road vehicles.Bridges are used for dive traffic across the obstruction. They are also used to steer pipelines, wires, and other forms of transport.
4They are made over road junctions, roads, streets, etc.When there are any obstructions then the bridge is made, it differs in types in seas, rivers, valleys, etc.
5It is constructed for lowering traffic jams.The Bridge has been built for small distances & bypasses.
6They are made over man-made structures such as roads, intersections, etc. to prevent crowding, and give a more easy way to steer over the traffic.A bridge is made for less transportation cost and to reduce time consumption.
7It is combined with a junction point or rich point like a station point connected.The length of the bridge fully depends on the gap between the two points.
8It is made in those areas where the roads are crowded.The Bridges were mainly built over the River, Valley, etc.


  4. Advantages of Flyover Bridge  

The advantages of flyover are as follows: 

✔ It helps in traffic management.

✔ It saves time for people there is negligible chance of traffic jams.

✔ Improves pedestrian safety.

✔ It provides more space for emergency vehicles.



  5. Disadvantages of Flyover Bridge  

The disadvantages of flyover are as follows: 

✔They are not as a rule suitable for built-up areas as they need a huge area.

✔ Lack of proper management in the flyover construction may cause many problems.

✔ Loss in the case of accidents is increased. The risk of accidents is decreased but in case an accident occurs then the damage will be huge. As the vehicle is at a high point, during accidents there is less chance of surviving.

✔ It is very costly to build.

✔ As the people who cannot risk their lives by relying on it are not using it. So, it’s ironic that the flyover has become a liability here instead of an or the city.



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