The country's first ever six-lane flyover at Mohipal in Feni is set to be inaugurated on Thursday.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the flyover through a video conference," Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told journalists on Wednesday, after visiting the construction site.
He said he was extremely happy as the construction work of the flyover was completed six months ahead of its scheduled time.
Sources said the construction work of the project begun in November 2015 and was scheduled to end in June of this year.
The length of the flyover is 660 metres while the width is 24.62 metres. The service road length is 1,370 metres while the service road width is 7.5 metres, footpath length 2,210 metres. The flyover has 11 spans and 132 guarders.
Engineering Construction Division of Bangladesh Army and M/S Abdul Monem Ltd implemented the project at a cost of Tk181.48 crore, they added.
Locals said the much-awaited flyover would significantly reduce the commuting time by one to two hours and traffic congestion on the busy Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Feni Zila Parishad Chairman Aziz Ahmed Chowdhury said the six-lane flyover was constructed as one of the landmark development programmes of the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"We, the Feni dwellers, are so much happy with her work and want to thank our beloved prime minister.”
Project designer Azadur Rahman, a former professor at Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, said: “The Dhaka-Chittagong highway is very crucial to our economic growth. From now on vehicles on the highway will be moving even faster than before thanks to this flyover, which in turn will contribute to our national economy.”
Gias Uddin Bulbul, general secretary of Vehicles’ Owner Association in Feni, said: “With the inauguration of the flyover, a long cherished demand of the district’s people will be fulfilled. We expressed our gratitude to the prime minister for her effort to construct it.”
In the meantime, the government has undertaken another project to build an elevated expressway over the highway in a bid to ease communication between the two major cities.