After laying foundation to flyover in Vijayawada, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that he was sanctioning 180-km outer ring road near Vijayawada at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore. He said outer ring road will be designed for vehicles to travel at a speed of 150 to 200 kmph. He said outer ring road will be of eight-lane accessed controlled express highway. He sanctioned 788-km new national highway to AP for 2015-16 at a cost of Rs 8,000 crore. Gadkari said works will begin before the end of December, 2016.