Around Lahore, Pakistan, an 85 km long 6-lane high-speed limited access road is constructed and named Lahore Ring Road. This road makes a link with M-2 Motorway and the N5 National Highway. Slow moving vehicles such as bicycles, motor cycles, animal-driven carriages and pedestrians are not allowed on this road and road is only restricted to fast moving vehicles. 80 km per hour is universal minimum speed limit and for heavy vehicles, maximum speed limit of 100 km per hour and for light vehicles is 120 km per hour. Separation of Ring Road is made by raising a central median and grade-separated junction. For the safety and prevention of unauthorized access of pedestrians and animals, it is fenced on either side.
The estimated cost of the project with the length of 177 km and a six-lane road in 1992 when the project was conceived was RS 177 billion. Today, ring road is a 443 km stretching road with six-lanes that came up with the cost of 185 billion. The project was delayed because of the changes in governments and due to the improvement in the standard of existing roads was used in project, increased land acquisition, crossing over commercial, residential areas and improvement to junctions shot up the total cost estimates. 25 years ago when the Lahore Ring Road project was conceived, a few studies over this period were carried out.
The basic purpose of constructing this road was to ease the traffic load within the city by proving an alternative route to the people. By keeping the political and economic interest of many ruling parties in view, the road was designed and redesigned with a few alterations. Construction of Overhead bridges, pedestrian bridges, walls, subways, underpasses. Flyovers and Interchanges are also included in this project.
The Lahore Ring Road cover the route from Babu Sabu to Saggian Interchange Lahore and Niazi Chowk, it then leads straight to Mehood Booti and passes through GT Road, Canal Bank, Harbunspura, Interchange, Burki Road, Abdullag Gul Interchange, Allama Iqbal International Airport, Ghazi Road, DHA Phase V and VII, Sui Gas Society, Ferozpur Road, then Hdira Drain to Halloki and Behriya Town to Thokar Niaz Baig.
On both sides of the road, there will be one emergency lane. Number of vehicles that daily passes through the Ring Road around 425,000. To provide the better transport facilities around 20 interchanges are erected. This highway improved and helped in catering the flow of heavy traffic within the city.