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Obaidul: Padma Bridge construction work 56% complete

  • Published at 03:33 pm June 29th, 2018
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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inspects the Dhaka-Bhanga expressway in Kolakandi of Keraniganj on Sunday | Dhaka Tribune

The fifth span of the bridge will be installed at the Janjira point of Shariatpur on Friday, the minister said

The building of the Padma Bridge has progressed to 56%, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said.

"Overall progress of Padma Bridge is at 56%," said the minister while addressing reporters during the inspection of No 4 lane of the Dhaka-Bhanga expressway, in Kolakandi of Keraniganj, on Sunday. 

The fifth span of the bridge will be installed at the Janjira point of Shariatpur today [Friday]," said Obaidul. "If the weather is favourable, it will be installed at around 3pm."

The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed atop pillars no 37 and 38 at the Janjira point of Shariatpur on October 7, 2017. This was followed by the installation of the second span on pillars 38 and 39 on January 23. The fourth span of the Padma Bridge was installed atop pillars No 40 and 41 on May 13. 

The construction work on the country's largest bridge started in December 2015. The 6.15-km bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 meters long.

According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars.

Meanwhile, the minister claims the work, constructing the 55km-long, four-lane expressway from Jatrabari to Faridpur, will end by October next year. 

During Obaidul's inspection of the expressway on Friday, EMC Engineering Chief Maj Gen Siddiqur Rahman and other affiliated officials were present.