A total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars to complete the bridge
The 17th span of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge was installed on Tuesday at Mawa point. Now 2.55km of the bridge is visible of its 6.15km total length.
“With the installation of the ‘4-D’ span on the 22nd and 23rd pillars at Mawa point, the construction work of about 2,550 meters (2.55km) of the main structure of this mega bridge has been completed,” said Engineer Humayun Kabir of the Padma bridge project.
The 4-D span was brought in front of the 22nd and 23rd pillars by a floating crane from near the 28th and 29th pillars where the span was kept temporarily, he said.
After completion of all other work, the span was installed on the pillars around 2.15pm, he added.
On November 19 last, the 16th span of the bridge was installed on the 16th and 17th pillars.
The 18th span is supposed to be installed on the 17th and 18th pillars on December 4 or 5, while there is a plan to install another span on the 21st and 22nd pillars within December.
Officials said two more spans arrived at Mongla port from China on November 19. The spans will arrive at Mawa soon.
A total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars to complete the bridge.
Construction work of 33 pillars out of 42 has been completed while building of the 7th pillar will come to an end within this month.
Construction work of the 6th and 30th pillars will be completed by December 10 next, while the remaining pillars no 8, 10, 11, 26, 27 and 29 will be built by March, 2020.
According to the project details, the construction of the 6.15-kilometre long Padma Bridge is going full swing with a target of completing it as soon as possible.
On October 14, 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the name plaque of the Padma Bridge Toll Plaza at the Mawa end.
According to experts, the national economy is expected to witness a 1.2 percent GDP growth rate, while poverty will be reduced by 0.84 percent every year after the bridge is completed at an estimated cost of Taka 30,193.39 crore. The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed on September 30, 2017.