The 400m bridge will reduce bottlenecks significantly on Dhaka-Chittagong highway
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the second Kanchpur Bridge across the Shitalakkhya River on Saturday.
“The prime minister will open the four-lane bridge through a video conference from her Ganabhaban residence on Saturday morning,” Prime Minister’s Office sources said on Friday.
Also by video conference, Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate a four-lane flyover at Bhulta and a railway overpass at Latifpur on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway, sources said.
The 400m long and 18m wide second Kanchpur Bridge will reduce bottlenecks significantly on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, Roads and Highway Department (RHD) officials said.
Japanese contractors, Obayshi Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, JFE Engineer Corporation, and IHI Infra Systems Company Ltd, started construction of the bridge, and the 2nd Meghna and the Meghna-Gumti Bridge on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, in January 2016.
The 2nd Kanchpur Bridge was completed nearly four months ahead of the June 2019 deadline, RHD officials said.
They said construction work of the 2nd Meghna and the 2nd Meghna-Gumti bridges has almost been finished and the bridges will be open to traffic soon.
RHD officials hope the three four-lane bridges alongside the existing Kanchpur, Meghna, and Meghna-Gumti bridges, will bring an end to the suffering passengers have been experiencing for years on the country’s busiest highway.