MUNSHIGNAJ: The 13th span (superstructure) of the 6.15-km much-awaited Padma Bridge will now be installed at its Mawa end in Munshiganj on Saturday (May 25).
The span has not been installed between the pillars 14 and 15 of the bridge at Mawa end on Friday (May 24) due to bad weather, an engineer of the Padma Bridge construction, told Banglanews.
Engineering sources said that the span takes longer time to reach the pillars. After that, it will not be possible to finish the work by putting the span on those. So, installation of the span will begin from tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
The grey colour 3B span is 150 metres long and weighs 3,140 tonnes.
After the installation of the 13th span, 1,950 metres (1.95 kilometer) of the much-hyped bridge will be visible.
According to the concerned bridge authority, the 150 metres long span has been kept at outside the Mawa Construction Yard. The 3,600 ton capacity Tian E crane will carry the span from Mawa Construction Yard of Munshiganj to the spot.
Earlier, due to shortage of navigability and lack of lifting crane, the bridge authority changed the schedule of the installation of the span in several phases.
It is possible to place the span in one day. But if there is technical problem or adverse weather, it can take time till Saturday (May 25), the engineer added.
In a recent meeting, Obaidul Quader, road transport and bridges minister was informed about the progress of the Padma Bridge. Padma Bridge progress was 76 percent. In all, the project progress of Padma project is now 67%. 236 out of 262 piles driving of the main bridge ended.
Project Director Shafiqul Islam told the minister that the remaining 26 piles will be completed in July.
Besides, the work of 25 pillars out of 42 pillars of the main bridge has been completed. Six more pillars will be completed by June. The construction of remaining 11 pillars is going on. There were 23 spans in the Mawa Construction Yard. Of those, 12 were placed on span pillars.
Earlier on May 6, the 12th span (superstructure) of the 6.15-km much-awaited Padma Bridge has been installed in the middle of Padma river (between Jajira and Mawa points) while April 23, the 11th span (superstructure) was installed at its Jajira end while the 10th span (superstructure) of the 6.15-km Padma Bridge has been installed at its Mawa end April 10.
Besides, the ninth span of the bridge was installed at Jajira point of Shariatpur on March 22 while the eighth span of the 6.15-km Padma Bridge was installed on February 20.
So far ten spans at Jajira point and two spans at Munshiganj point of the bridge have been placed. The spans are 150-meter long each.
The first span of the bridge was laid on pillars 37 and 38 on September 30, 2017.
A total of 41 spans (superstructure) will be installed on the 42 pillars to construct the 6.15-km much waited Padma Bridge. Railway slabs and roadway slabs are being installed on six spans at Jajira end.
The second span was placed on January 28, 2018. The third span was laid on March 11 of the same year while the fourth was placed on May 13 and the fifth span was installed on June 29, the same year. The sixth span was installed on January 23, 2019.
BDST: 1703 HRS, MAY 24, 2019