Construction of Payitaung-Wunpho bridge 85% completed in Myeik

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The bridge is 900 feet long and 22 feet wide, with 13 feet 9 inches’ traffic lane.

Construction of Payitaung-Wunpho bridge, a connecting Bailey iron bridge between Payitaung village and Wunpho village, is now 85 per cent completed in Myeik Township, Taninthayi Region, according to an official from the bridge project.
Wunpho village is included in Kyaukphya village-tract in Myeik Township and located on a small island surrounded by water. The villagers rely on only the waterway. Unlike other villages, the boat is not always accessible, making it difficult for students and ill people to cross the muddy water during low tide.
“In the past, it was challenging to travel. We couldn’t go on foot. Due to the marine alluvial soil in the low tide, we couldn’t cross by boat and students, emergency patients, and pregnant women had to go in the mud,” said a villager.
“We are so happy when this bridge was built. It is a dream for the village. When this bridge is completed, it will provide education and livelihood to the villagers,” he added.
There are over 180 houses and 1,168 villagers in Wunpho village. The villagers are mainly engaged in agriculture and farming business. As there is no hospital or clinic as well as no high school, they have to go to other villages for healthcare and education via waterway.
The bridge is 900 feet long and 22 feet wide, with 13 feet and 9 inches’ traffic lane. It is reported that the bridge project started on 14 July 2018 with the fund of the Taninthayi Region. — Myint Oo (Myeik)/GNLM

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