Many commuters found the airport road relatively empty on Thursday evening although the Bangladesh Rapid Transport (BRT) authorities had advised to avoid the road because of construction work there.
Commuters will see a severe slowdown in traffic on the road till Sunday morning as construction work on the BRT project on the road started on Thursday evening.
Air passengers scheduled to board flights at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport have been requested to start early for their destination from 6pm Thursday to 6am Sunday.
According to a BRT release, traffic congestion may occur on the roads during this period due to project construction work.
On Wednesday, the authorities of Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit Company Ltd requested city dwellers not to use the route from Khilkhet to the airport and on to Uttara during the aforementioned timeframe.
The BRT construction project will go on in the Dhaka airport area between 24 and 27 November, according to a special traffic advisory signed by ASM Ilias Shah.
Given the inconvenience, the BRT authorities have advised all public and private vehicles to avoid the Dhaka Airport-Uttara route during this time.
However, the BRTA notification has not clarified what kind of construction work will be done during the night and how the traffic will be controlled.
The road connects the capital to Gazipur, greater Mymensingh, and the northern region of the country.
Although vehicles from the northern region can move through Gabtali, there is a route permit issue there for bus services.
Mustafizur Rahman, assistant commissioner (traffic, Gulshan zone), told The Business Standard, "People have been advised to avoid the road due to the project construction work. Commuters on this road will have to suffer briefly. However, we will do our best to keep traffic moving normally."