THE Ngamoeyeik (Thunanda) Bridge linking Thunanda Road in North Okkalapa Township to Yaza Thingyan Road in North Dagon Township was opened to traffic yesterday following completion of construction works.
The bridge was built by Myanmar V-Pile Co Ltd at a cost of K6 billion. Construction of the bridge began last August. Upon the completion of the bridge, hundreds of workers from North Dagon Township, who previously walked to work at an industrial zone in North Okkalapa Township using an old suspension bridge, will be able to get to work by car or motorbike, said Daw Soe Soe Tin, the project director of the company.
The bridge includes a two-lane motorway and is 247 metres long. The concrete structure is flanked by one-meter sidewalks on both sides and can handle loads weighing up to 75 tonnes.
Though the bridge is wide enough for the flow of traffic, the two approach roads on either side of the bridge are narrow and must be widened to ensure smooth traffic flow, the project director said.
The travel time to Dagon Seikkan Township from North Okkalapa Township can now cut thanks to the new bridge, said taxi driver U Wunna Htay. “I can drive my passengers from Aung Mingala bus terminal to their homes in South Dagon and North Dagon townships using the new bridge,” he added.