September 25, 2017

Doakhtawady Bridge set to ease transport woes

New Doakhtawady Bridge is being built.
New Doakhtawady Bridge is being built.

A new bridge is to be constructed linking the two Mandalay Region towns of Kyaukse and Pyin U Lwin. The reinforced concrete bridge will be located in Patheingyi Township in Mandalay Region and is to stretch 660ft by 30ft.
After the project is complete in March 2017, locals can easily travel between the two towns passing over Doakhtawady River via ‘No.2 district-to-district road.’
“The new bridge will help locals reduce their travelling time between the two towns,” said an official from the project.
“Normally, Kyaukse residents visit Pyin U Lwin through Mandalay. After completion the bridge, we will directly go to the scenic hill town in a short period of time.” Construction works began 6 June at a cost of Ks2bn (US$1.6m) funded by the Mandalay Region Government.
U Ye Hsint, who resides in Shwesayan Village situated near the project area said, “We are facing a massive transportation barrier due to the lack of transport facilities.”
He added, “We usually go over to the other side of the river by boat, but when we want to return at night it can be hard to rent one.”


Aung Thant Khaing


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