The long-expected Padma Bridge in Bangladesh came entirely visible with the last and 41st span installed on the piers 12 & 13 on December 10, 2020.
As per schedule, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 25 inaugurated the long-awaited bridge with huge festivity and enthusiasm.
However, the bridge, longest in the country, will be opened to traffic from 6 am onwards the following day.
This milestone went into reality six years after the construction of the bridge, affectionately called Bridge of the Dream, began back in December 2015 and the first span installed about two years later on September 30, 2017.
The Padma Bridge, constructed by China Major Bridge Engineering Co. Ltd and financed by the government itself, is a multipurpose road-rail bridge across the mighty Padma River.
Once completed, the bridge with total length of 6.15 kilometers will be the largest one in the country.
Padma Bridge in Brief :
Main Bridge Length : 6.15 km
Width : 18.18m (59.6 feet)
Total Piers : 42
Total Spans : 41
Total Lane : 4
Number of Lampposts : 415 (on Main Bridge)
Total Lampposts : 615 (200 on approach Roads)
Pier to Pier Distance : 150 Meter
Viaduct : 3.148 km (Road), 532 m (Rail)
Approach Road : 12.117 km
Estimated Cost : BDT 301933.88 Million or USD 3.868 Billion (Including VAT and IT)
Main Bridge Contractor : China Major Bridge Engineering Co. Ltd, China.
Expected Opening to Traffic : 6 am June 26, 2022.
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Padma Bridge Toll :
The government on May 17 issued a gazette notification fixing the tolls of the Padma Bridge. The toll rate of the bridge is provided in the below info-graph :
Who Designed Padma Bridge :
The Padma Bridge is designed by AECOM, an American multinational engineering firm. The company has approximately 51,000 employees, and is number 157 on the 2019 Fortune 500 list. The company’s official name from 1990 to 2015 was AECOM Technology Corporation, and is now AECOM, as per the Wikipedia.
Padma Bridge World Standing In Terms of Length :
In terms of length, the Padma Bridge is the 122nd longest bridge in the world, according to Wikipedia. According to the Guinness world records, the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge located in Beijing –shanghai is the longest bridge in the world. This remarkable 164,800 meter bridge was built in 2010 in China as a High-speed rail road.
Is Padma Bridge Longest in Bangladesh?
Yes, it is set to be the longest bridge in Bangladesh with a length of 6.15 km, followed by Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge, built over the Jamuna River, which has a total length of 4,987 m. In terms of length, the Padma Bridge is the 122nd longest bridge in the world, according to Wikipedia.
Length of Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge :
The length of the Jamuna Bridge, built over the another mighty river Jamuna, is 4,987 m (16,362 feet). The bridge was opened to traffic in 1998. In terms of length, it is the second largest bridge in Bangladesh pending the inauguration of Padma Bridge.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the Padma Bridge along with her sister Sheikh Rehana :
Which Districts Padma Bridge Connects :
The long-awaited bridge connects Munshiganj District, sitting on the southern outskirts of Capital city Dhaka, to Shariatpur & Madaripur districts, two southern regions located just on the banks of Padma River.
The bridge is simply linking the south-west of the country to northern and eastern regions, paving the way for economic development of the regions along with the nation as a whole. It is expected to boost the country’s gross domestic product by 1.2 percent.
The bridge has twin-decks. Trains will ply through the lower deck while other motor vehicles will run on the upper level of the bridge.
Padma Bridge Website :
For further details on the bridge, one can visit the following website dedicated to the ‘Bridge of Dream’, which is :