The 150-meter long span was installed on pillars number 30 and 31
About 3.6km of the Padma Bridge has become visible after the 24th span of the Padma Bridge was installed on the Zajira upazila point of Shariatpur district.
The 5-F span was installed on pillars number 30 and 31 of the bridge around 1:20pm on Tuesday, HumayunKabir, Deputy Assistant Engineer of the Padma Bridge Project told Dhaka Tribune.
The 150-meter long span was kept upon pillar number 12 and 13 temporarily, but earlier in the day, it was brought near pillar number 30 and 31 by a floating crane from the Maowa point.
Padma Bridge Project Manager and Executive Engineer (main bridge) DewanMd Abdul Quader said: "We have also completed the work on pillar number 8. Among the 42 pillars of the bridge, workon 38 pillars are already over and done with."
"The remaining four pillars are - 10, 11, 26 and 27. Among them, spans in pillars number 10 and 11 will be installed within this month."
He added that out of 41 spans, 37 were kept at the construction site in Mawa and the rest four spans will be brought soon.
The multipurpose bridge is going to be 6.15km long in total. Its construction began on December 2014.
According to Road Transport and Bridges Minister ObaidulQuader, all the spans of the Padma Bridge will be installed by July 2020.
He also said the bridge would be opened to traffic by 2021.
Once in operation, the Padma Bridge, Bangladesh’s largest infrastructure project till date, is expected to connect 21 southern districts with Dhaka, and boost the GDP by 1%.