Padma Bridge’s 39th span to be placed today
Published: 10:55 AM, 27 November 2020 Updated: 11:22 AM, 27 November 2020
The 39th span of the 6.15-kilometer-long Padma Bridge will be installed on Saturday. The ‘2-D’ span will be placed on pillars no. 10 and 11 at the Mawa end of the bridge in Munshiganj. After installing the 150-meter long span, 5,850 meters of the Padma Bridge will become visible.
“If all goes well, the span will be placed on the specific pillars by noon on Friday. All preparations for span placement have been completed. The span will be taken to the pillar by a floating crane ‘Tian-E’ from Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Yard around 9:00 am,” said Dewan Md Abdul Quader, Executive Engineer (Main Bridge) of Padma Bridge.
He added that the 39th span is going to be installed six days after the 38th span was installed. If this span is placed, there will be two 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.