Gwachaung Bridge project completed 87%

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The construction site of the Gwachaung Bridge.   Photo: Soe Myint Aung

According to the Ministry of Construction, 87 per cent of the Gwachaung Bridge construction, which was begun in November 2019, has been completed.
The bridge construction is implemented on Gwa-Kyaung Chun road of Gwa Township in Thandwe District of Rakhine State. The special team (8) of Road Department under the Ministry of Construction led the project which will connect Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State using a total of K8,980 million budget of the Union Government and Rakhine State government. Moreover, 21 skilled engineers and more than 120 workers are deployed in the operation, said project engineer U Kyaw Thura, Deputy Director of Road Department.
The reinforced type 139 feet and 9 inches long bridge is 24 feet in width with 3 feet and 6 inches wide paths on each side. The waterway clearance is 20 feet in height and 85 feet in width. It would have a capacity to accommodate loads of 75 tonnes, according to the project officials.
The engineers conducted foundation of P0, P1, P2 and P3 in Gwa side and A2 and P13 in Ma Kyay Ngu Village side with K2,500 million budget of the 2019-2020FY. Currently, they continue PC Girder and deck operations with K5,400 million budget of the 2020-21FY.
The residents of Ma Kyay Ngu and Kyaukchun villages have to use boats to travel for their keeps or health care services to Gwa Township. Therefore, the locals including the students face difficulties and so the government constructs Gwachaung Bridge, said the locals.
When completed, it will benefit the residents of Ayeyawady Region and Rakhine State and will help to develop the social status, economy, health and education sectors including the tourism industry.  The bridge construction was implemented on 18 November 2019 and was slated for completion by March 2022, according to the ministry. – Pwint Thitsar/GNLM

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