Bored piling and preparatory works for construction of Bago River Crossing Bridge No. 3, which will be a major development for Thilawa Special Economic Zone and will bring the region’s long-term economic prospects, began recently by Japan and Myanmar engineers.
The new bridge is being built next to the existing Thanlyin bridge, connecting Thaketa and Thanlyin townships. With four lanes in total (two lanes each way), it will be a steel cable-stayed, PC box girder and steel box girder bridge.
The pre-engineering works started on 13 May, and the bridge takes shape today. The bridge would 3,500 metre long and can withstand 75 tons of load.
The bridge is targeted to be completed at the end of 2022. In building the bridge, Japanese engineers are taking construction duty while Myanmar engineers are taking supervisory and exchange of construction technology.
“Despite heavy rain, we have no difficulties for the construction. The bridge would ease the traffic congestion on the road to the Thilawa SEZ and would smooth transportation of good from Bago Industrial Zone to Thilawa SEZ. Being the four-lane bridge, the bridge would improve the logistic network from the Thilawa SEZ to to Bago, Mawlamyine and Mandalay,” said U Kyaw Lin, Director-General of the Bridge Construction Department of the Ministry of Construction.
The infrastructure would also promote the foreign direct investment for the Thilawa SEZ and economic development of Myanmar.
A new Bago River Bridge is constructed under the Loan Scheme of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA).
The Loan Agreement, with the total amount of Japanese Yen 31,051 million, was signed on 1 March 2017. The scopes of work of the Project include construction of the main and approach bridge, fly over bridge and consulting services.
Upon completion, the bridge would satisfy increasing traffic demand between Yangon and Thanlyin, especially the Thilawa SEZ, facilitate smooth traffic and logistic network.
Besides, job opportunities for the people in Thanlyin and Thaketa townships will emerge with the completion of the new bridge.
By Than Htike(Translated by TTN)