The first span of the Padma Bridge was set on September 30 last year
The second span of the much-awaited Padma Bridge will be set up on pillars 38 and 39 on January 23, engineers of the Padma Bridge Project have said.
The budget for the main bridge’s construction is Tk12,133 crore, while the total cost for the entire project is Tk28,793 crore.
The Tian Yi floating crane, which is also the largest in the world, will carry the 150 metre-long 7B span across a distance of 5.5km from Zajira end of the bridge Saturday morning.
“We planned to carry the span Friday morning but had to delay our plans until Saturday due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we are taking preparations to prepare the crane for carrying the span as scheduled,” said Assistant Engineer (main bridge) Humayun Kabir.
He also said the crane will move slowly due to the load of the crane and the span.
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Ahmed Ahsan Ullah Majumder, assistant engineer (main bridge), said three dredgers were working to resolve the navigability crisis.
Construction of the bridge’s main structure began in December, 2015. The bridge will have 42 pillars, and 40 of them will be installed in the river. Each pillar will be installed through six pilings, averaging at 127m below the ground.
The first span of the Padma Bridge was set on September 30 last year. Once the second span is in place, 300 metres of the bridge will become visible.