Padma Bridge’s 36th span installed



The 36th span of the much-anticipated Padma Bridge was installed on Friday, bringing a total of 5,400 metres of the structure into view.
The 150-meter long ‘1B’ span was installed on the 2nd and 3rd piers at the Mawa-end of the bridge in Munshiganj around 9:42 am.
Dewan Md Abdul Quader, executive engineer of the Padma Bridge project, confirmed the matter.
He said the span has already been taken to the site of the designated piers from the specialized workshop at Kumarbhogh in Mawa at around 11:00 am through a floating crane Tian-E. The crane, which has the capacity of carrying 36 metric tonnes of weight, reached at the piers’ site at 12:30 pm.
Earlier on October 31, the 35th span of the Padma Bridge was installed. The 2B span was placed at Piers 8 and 9 at the Mawa-end of the bridge in Munshiganj. After installing the 150-meter long span, 5,250 meters of the Padma Bridge became visible.
Meanwhile, officials of the Padma Bridge project said that all 41 spans will be installed on the bridge by the next two months.
“A total 41 spans will become visible on the bridge together in December, as the pace of work is going fast with maintaining proper health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic,” Project Director of Padma Bridge Md Shafiqul Islam said.

According to project details, the 37th span will be placed on November 11, 38th on November 16, 39th on November 23 and the 40th on December 2. Besides, the last and 41st span of the Padma Bridge will be installed on the 12th and 13th piers of the bridge on December 10.

The Padma Bridge is the biggest infrastructure since the independence of Bangladesh, which was initiated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The construction work began in December 2014 with own fund.

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 have two segments over which will have road and railways.

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