Padma Bridge At A Glance
The long-expected Padma Bridge in Bangladesh has come entirely visible with the last and 41st span installed on the piers 12 & 13 on December 10.
This milestone came 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.
The Dream Bridge in Brief :
Main Bridge Length : 6.15 km
Total Piers : 42
Total Spans : 41
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 : June 2022.
The bridge will connect south-west of the country to northern and eastern regions and thus 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.
For further details on the bridge, one can visit the dedicated website which is http://www.padmabridge.gov.bd