Padma Bridge: 34th span couldn't be installed for inclement weather
The 34th span (2-A), scheduled to be installed on the Piers 7 and 8 of Padma Bridge on Saturday, could not be installed throughout the day due to inclement weather.
The authorities concerned have decided to install the span on Sunday. The span will be installed on the Piers 7 and 8 at Mawa Point of the bridge.
Engr Dewan Md Abdul Quader, executive engineer of Padma Bridge project, confirmed the Daily Observer about it on Saturday afternoon.
He said the world's largest floating crane, Tian-e, was scheduled to leave the construction yard at Mawa under Louhajang upazila of Munshiganj with the 34th span at about 11:00am.
However, time was fixed twice for 1:00pm and 2:00pm later on for inclement weather and strong wind. But, the crane carrying the span reached at the Piers at 4:00pm leaving the construction yard at 3:30pm.
Then the crane was anchored, but it could not be possible to lift the span above the piers. As it became 5 o'clock in the afternoon, attempt to install the span was abandoned.
Engr Abdul Quader said the span would be installed on Sunday (October 25). After installation of the 34th span, the 5,100 meters or 5.1 kilometer of the Padma Bridge will be visible.
It is learnt that after the installation of the 34th span on Sunday, the 35th span will be installed on Piers 2 and 3 on October 30 and the 36th span will be installed on November 4, while the Bridge Division Secretary has issued a directive to install all the spans by December 10 next.
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 will be built installing 41 spans (each 150 meters in length) on 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-storey bridge in shape. It is being built with concrete and steel. The bridge is likely to be opened for traffic in 2021.