A total of 6,000 meters/6 kilometers of the most hyped Padma Bridge are now visible with the installation of 40th span on Friday that completed 91 percent construction of the main bridge with an overall progress of over 82 per cent.
“The span bearing number ‘2E’ has been installed on piers 11 and 12 at around 10:58 am at the Mawa end in Munshiganj district,” said Dewan M Abdul Kader, Executive Engineer of the Multipurpose Padma Bridge.
The official, however, expected that the dreaming padma bridge will be completed totally with the installation of 41st span, adding that the span will be installed on piers 12 and 13 before December 15 ahead of the victory day.
A total of 41spans will be installed on 42 piers —20 spans at Jajira end and another 20 spans have been installed at the Mawa end with the installation of 40th span.
Of the double-decker padma bridge –some 2,917 road slabs will also be installed on the span for moving vehicles and 2,959 railway slabs along with 1312 iron guarders will be installed on the lower portion of the bridge for railway communications.
Construction works on the long-cherished Padma Bridge Project began in December, 2015. The first span (superstructure) of the bridge was installed on September 30, 2017.
The Padma Bridge is the biggest infrastructure since the independence of Bangladesh, which was initiated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The construction of the main bridge is being made by China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor Company, and the river management is being done by Sino Hydro Corporation of China.
The 6.15 km long bridge will be opened for people on December 2021.