21st span of Padma multipurpose bridge is installed

Towfiqul Islam, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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From Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge site: The 21st span of the Padma bridge has been successfully installed. On Tuesday (Jan. 14), the span was set on the pillar of no. 32 and pillar no. 33 in the Jajira portion. Through it, the Padma Bridge is now visible covering more than three kilometers.

The 21st span was set on Tuesday (Jan. 14) at the scheduled Pillar. Earlier, at 9 a.m, the span was brought by a crane from the Kumarbhog Construction Yard in Mawa. Span placement was finally done after a long effort.

While visiting the Padma Bridge project site it was found that since morning there was some problem due to dense fog. As the day progressed, the authorities began to put span in scheduled place.

The total number of pillars in the entire bridge is 42. Each pilfer had six piles. Distance from one pillar to another is 150 meters. The bridge is being constructed with a long steel structure or span joint at this distance. 41 spans will be installed on 42 pillars. Span parts are built in China and brought to Bangladesh.

The two-storied  Padma Bridge is located between Mawa of Munshiganj and Jazira of Shariatpur. The length of the main bridge is 6.15 kms.

It is to be noted that by the end of July this year, all spans are scheduled to be fixed and by July next year, it is informed that the Padma Bridge will open to traffic. At the same time, the target of installing three spans per month has been set this year as most of the pillars are ready.

The construction work of the Padma Bridge was started in December of 2014. China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor, is working to construct the main bridge and another company, Sino Hydro Corporation, is working on the river training work. The main size of this multipurpose bridge is 6.15 km long, will be two storied. The bridge is being constructed with concrete and steel.