The ninth span of the much-awaited Padma Multipurpose Bridge has been installed making 1,350 metres of the mega structure visible.
The grey coloured span was installed on No-34 and No-35 pillars of the bridge at its Jazira point in Shariatpur around 11:00am.The installation work of the ninth span began around 7:00am and was completed without any complication with the aid of local and foreign engineers. Earlier the officials tried to install the span on Thursday, but could not succeed due to some technical problems.
“The 150-meter long ninth span was installed around 11:00am making 1,350 metres of the main structure of the mega bridge visible,” project director of the bridge, M Shafiqul Islam, informed media.
A total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars to complete the bridge.
The overall progress of the bridge reached over 63 percent while over 73 percent work of the main bridge was completed.
With the installation of this 150-metre long span, 1,200 metres of the bridge is now visible at Jajira point while 150 metres at Mawa point.
The first span of the bridge was laid on September 30, 2017. The second span was placed on January 28, 2018. The third span was laid on March 11 while the fourth was placed on May 13. The fifth span was installed on June 29 of the same year. The sixth span was installed on January 23, 2019. The eighth span was installed on February 20, 2019. Another span was installed at Mawa point, last year.Trains will run through the lower deck while the road will be on the upper level of the bridge.
When the construction of the Padma Bridge is completed, the capital will be directly connected with 21 southern districts through roads and railways.
According to experts, the national economy is expected to witness an additional 1.2 percent GDP growth rate, while 0.84 percent poverty will be reduced every year after completion of the bridge being built at an estimated cost of Taka 30,193.39 crore.