The entire roadway of the under-construction Padma Multipurpose Bridge from Mawa to Zajira has now become visible with the installation of all the roadway concrete slabs.
Project engineers successfully installed the last roadway slab out of total 2,917 between piers 12 and 13 on Monday morning, said Executive Engineer (Bridge) Dewan Md Abdul Kader.
It was a major development in construction work of the main Padma Bridge after completing installation of all the 41 steel truss spans, the main component of the bridge, on December 10 last year.
Now, only laying asphalt pavement on the installed road slabs is left. The work is expected to start in late October and it may take three months, according to project engineers.
Earlier on June 20, the work of laying the railway slabs of the two-storey bridge was completed.
Bridge contractor China Major Bridge Engineering Company has already informed the Bridges Division that they want to complete the main bridge construction work by April next year.
Project officials think it would be possible for them to open the bridge to the traffic by May next year whereas the new project deadline is June 2022.
The financial progress was 90.18 percent as Tk 112.68 billion out of Tk 124.94 billion main bridge contract price was spent by the month of July.
The project work started in December 2014 and the first span was installed on September 30, 2017.
The 6.15km bridge will directly connect 21 south and southwestern districts with the capital Dhaka and is expected to boost the national GDP by 1.2 percent.