This is the ninth span, from the Zajira point, to be installed
The tenth span of the Padma Bridge has been installed on the 33rd and 34th pillars of the bridge at Zajira point.
Span 6C was installed around 9:20am on Tuesday, confirmed Assistant Engineer of the Padma Bridge Project, Humayun Kabir to Dhaka Tribune.
This is the ninth span from the Zajira point and the tenth permanent span that has been installed, because a temporary span was placed on pillars 4 and 5 at the Mawa end of the bridge.
With this installation, 1,350 metres of the bridge is now visible from the Zajira point, and 300 metres from the Mawa point, including the temporary span. A total of 1,650 meters of the bridge is now visible.
However, due to the spans being placed in different modules, the visible parts seem separate, rather than in a row.
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About the temporary span, Humayun Kabir said, "A span was placed on the 4th and 5th pillar as there is a shortage of space in the construction yard, this will actually sit on 6th and 7th pillars. The span will be removed when the work on pillars 6 and 7 is complete."
The span—150 metres long and weighing about 3,140 tons—was transported from the Mawa construction yard, Munshiganj, to Shariatpur’s Zajira upazila point; on Monday morning, by the Tiyan E crane that can bear up to 3,600 tons.
Span 6C was placed on the bridge 13 days after the last span was installed at the Mawa end on April 10.
A total of 41 spans—each 150-metres-long—will be placed on the 42 pillars of the 6.15 kilometre bridge.
The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed on September 30, 2017. So far, nine spans have been placed—on pillars 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42— on the Zajira end of the bridge; and one more, span 3A, has been installed on the 13th and 14th pillars on the Mawa end.