Padma Bridge: 39th span installed; 5.8km now visible
Published: 01:50 PM, 27 November 2020 Updated: 03:06 PM, 27 November 2020
Padma Bridge’s 39th span installed; 5.8km now visible; File Photo
The 39th ‘2-D’ span of the Padma Bridge has placed on the pillars 10 and 11 at the Mawa end in Munshiganj on Friday afternoon, as a result, 5850 meters or 5.8 km of the bridge is now visible.
Confirming the matter, Padma Bridge Executive Engineer (Main Bridge) Dewan Md Abdul Quader said the span was taken to the pillars by a floating crane ‘Tian-E’ from Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Yard around 9:00 am on Friday. “The span was placed as there are no technical complications,” he also said.
He added the 39th span was installed six days after the 38th span was installed. Now there are two more spans left.
“There are plans to install 40th span ‘2-E’ on pillars no. 11 and 12 and 41st span ‘2-F’ on pillars no. 12 and 13 in December,” Dewan Md Abdul Quader said.
Construction of the Padma Bridge began in December 2014. The Padma Bridge first visible on 30 September 2017 with the installation of the first span on pillars no. 37 and 38. Then 38 spans were placed one by one. It has visible 5,700 meters of the bridge. 6.15 km long Padma bridge will be constructed by placing 42 spans of 150m length on 42 pillars.
The main bridge is being built by China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor, while Sino Hydro Corporation, another Chinese company, is working on river management. Besides, Abdul Monem Ltd has built two connecting roads and the infrastructure for the bridge. The structure of the bridge is being constructed with concrete and steel.
The main shape of the 6.15 km long multipurpose bridge will be two-storey. The structure of the bridge is being constructed with concrete and steel. The Padma Bridge will be opened by 2021 after its completion.