Padma Bridge: 5.25km now visible after installation of 35th span
Published : Saturday, 31 October, 2020 at 5:23 PM Count : 276
A total of 5,250 meters or 5.25 kilometers of the Padma Bridge has become visible with the installation of the 35th span (2-B) on Saturday.
The span on the Piers 8 and 9 was installed at the Mawa-end of the bridge in Munshiganj in the morning.
The 150-meter long span was due to be placed on Friday. But, it was not possible as the floating crane--Tian-e--couldn't reach the designated piers' site with the 35th span due to lack of navigability in the river, said Dewan Md Abdul Quader, executive engineer of Padma Bridge project.
However, the problem was resolved through dredging on Friday evening, he said.
It is learnt that the rest seven spans including the 35th span will be installed at the Mawa end of the bridge. Installation of all the spans of Janjira end has already been completed. Now there is a plan to install the 36th span (1-B) on the Piers 2 and 3 on November 4, the 37th span (2-C) on the Piers 9 and 10 on November 11, the 38th span (1-A) on the Piers 1 and 2 on November 16, the 39th span (2-D) on the Piers 10 and 11 on November 23, the 40th span (2-E) on the Piers 11 and 12 on December 2 and the 41st span (2-F) on the Piers 12 and 13 on December 10.
Besides, 1,041, out of 2,917 roadway slabs of the bridge have already been installed. On the other hand, 1,500, out of 2,959 railway slabs, have been installed so far.
Construction of the Padma Bridge began in December 2014. The first span was installed on the Piers 37 and 38 on September 30, 2017. Since then 33 spans have been installed one after another, which made 4,950 meters or 4.95 kilometers of the bridge visible.
The 6.15km long Padma Bridge is being built installing 41 spans (each 150 meters in length) on a total of 42 piers of the bridge.
China Major Bridge Engineering Construction Company has been constructing the main bridge, while Sinohydro Corporation of China has been doing the river training work. Abdul Monem Limited of Bangladesh has been constructing two approach roads of the Padma Bridge.
The Padma Bridge will be a two-storeyed double-deck bridge in shape. It is being built with concrete and steel. The bridge is likely to be opened for traffic in 2021.