The 37th span of the Padma Bridge was installed this morning, six days after setting up the previous one, making 5,550 meters of the main structure visible.
“After installation of the 37th span today, we are hopeful that the rest four spans are likely to be set up by December 10 and through this, the construction of 6.15-kilometre long bridge will be completed,” said Dewan M Abdul Kader, executive engineer of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.
The official said the 38th span will be installed on November 16 and the 39th on November 23.
On December 2, the 40th span and the remaining one will be installed on December 10, added the official.
The 37th span bearing number ‘2-C’ was put on the pillars no 9 and 10 at Mawa point.
A specialized floating crane picked up the span from Mawa’s Kumarbhog Construction around 10:45am this morning and it was transported to the designated poles, said the official.
The 6.15-km long double-layer bridge will have a total of 41 spans which would be installed on 42 poles — 21 poles at Mawa site and other 21 poles at Jajira point and all the poles have already become visible.
Construction of the Padma Bridge began in December 2014. With the installation of 37th and 38th spans in September 2016, the structure became visible for the first time.
The construction of the main bridge is being carried out by China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor, while Sino Hydro Corporation, another Chinese company, is working on river management.
Meanwhile, Abdul Monem Ltd has built two connecting roads and the infrastructure for the bridge. The structure of the bridge is being constructed with concrete and steel.
The multi-purpose Padma Bridge is expected to be opened in 2021.