Alexa Padma bridge: 15th span installed; 2,250 metres now visible

Dhaka, Sunday   08 December 2019

Padma bridge: 15th span installed; 2,250 metres now visible

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:09 PM, 22 October 2019   Updated: 04:09 PM, 22 October 2019

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

The 15th span of the 6.15-km Padma bridge was installed on Tuesday. With the installation of the span, a total of 2,250 metres of the country’s largest structure is now visible.

The span ‘4-E’ was placed on the 23rd and 24th pillars at Jazeera point district around 11:15 am.

The span, which was scheduled to be installed earlier, could not be placed on the pillars due to deposit of excessive silt beside the pillars and inclement weather.

Initially, the installation process was delayed because of excessive siltation and the span was successfully installed after the dredging work was completed. 

Earlier on June 29, the 14th span of the much-awaited bridge was installed. The span ‘3-C’ was placed on the 15th and 16th pillars. 

The construction work of the long-cherished Padma Bridge started in December 2015 and the first span (superstructure) among the 41 was installed on September 30, 2017. 

The length of the steel structure double-deck Padma bridge is 6.15 kilometres. The trains will run through the lower deck while the road will be on the upper level of the bridge. 

When the construction of the Padma bridge is completed, the capital will be directly connected with 21 southern districts through road and railways.