Police hope traffic will return to normal after the Langalbandh Bridge reopens in the afternoon
Hundreds of vehicles and commuters have been suffering for hours in a 50-km long tailback of bumper-to-bumper traffic in the Brahmanbaria portion of the Comilla-Sylhet Highway.
Because of the ongoing repair works on the Langalbandh Bridge, located between Kanchpur and Meghna Bridge on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, both light and heavy vehicles have been taking a detour through Brahmanbaria since early Wednesday morning.
“The gridlock was caused by heavy pressure of goods-laden vehicles among other vehicles especially on the Brahmanbaria part of the highway. We are trying our best to ease the movement of vehicles,” Atiqul Islam Shimul, sub-inspector of Brahmanbaria city traffic police.
Brahmanbaria Khatihata highway police station OC Md Shahjalal Alam, said, “Five teams of highway police are trying to clear the traffic jam on the Comilla-Sylhet highway.”
The traffic will likely return to normal later in the afternoon as the Langalbandh Bridge is expected to become fit for the movement of vehicles after 3pm, added the police officer.
On Sunday, the Roads and Highways Department asked motorists to avoid Langalbandh Bridge for three days due to the repair works starting there on Monday.
Lightweight vehicles were requested to use Mograpara-Kaikartek Bridge-Nabiganj-Madanpur road and heavyweight vehicles were requested to use Kanchpur-Bhulta-Narsingdi-Bhairab Bridge-Sarail-Brahmanbaria-Comilla road as alternatives.