Padma Bridge: 40th span ‘2-E’ installed; 6km now visible
Published: 12:17 PM, 4 December 2020 Updated: 03:35 PM, 4 December 2020
The 40th span ‘2-E’ of the Padma Bridge has been installed on pillars no. 11 and 12 in the middle of the river around 10:30 am on Friday. With this, the 6 kilometers of the bridge now visible.
It is known that one more span has remained, after this, the entire Padma Bridge will be visible.
Most of the spans was installed on Padma Bridge in October and November. The last span was installed on 27 November.
Where there were only two spans at the Mawa end, there is now a 1.5-kilometer bridge visible across the entire 10 spans. The bridge has merged with the bank, now the two ends will also merge when the last span will be installed.
The new span ‘2-E’ was placed on pillars no. 11 and 12 – next to the last span which was installed on 27 November – as per the plan.
However, the span was taken to the pillars on Thursday, a day earlier, in order to get some technical work done. An army patrol boat ensured the safety of the span-carrying crane in the middle of the river until it was installed on pillars on Friday.
Construction of the Padma Bridge began in December 2014. The bridge first visible on 30 September 2017 with the installation of the first span on pillars no. 37 and 38. Then the spans were placed one by one.
The main bridge is being built by China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor, and Sino Hydro Corporation is working on river management. Abdul Momen Limited of Bangladesh has constructed two connecting roads and infrastructure. The 6.15 km long two-storey bridge is being constructed with concrete and steel.