The Kawpok-creek-crossing bridge is being constructed on Nyaung Chay Htauk-Butaung Road near Lay Ti village in Bamauk township, Sagaing region.
The construction of the bridge started on 29 November. It is being constructed by U Than Min Zaw, an engineer from the UBF company, which won the tender with K324 million from the Union Budget of 2020-2021 financial year from the Border Areas and National Races Development Affairs Department under the Ministry of Border Affairs. The bridge is 150 feet in length, 12 feet in width and 20 feet of water clearance height. The bridge includes the two approaching bridges and the two piers in the middle water. The construction of the bridge is targeted to complete not later than the end of July.
The Township Border Areas and National Races Development Affairs Department Assistant Director U Aung Myint Tun and officials inspected the ongoing construction project on 12 March.
“The locals have been expecting the construction of Kawpok-creek-crossing bridge for ten years. Now, they are delighted to hear that the bridge is currently being constructed,” said U Aung Myint Tun.
The Kawpok creek is flooding the town every year in the rainy season. So, the people and the motorcyclists could not get through the bridge, and the residents got an idea to build a wooden bridge on a self-help basis. Although the people and the motorcyclists are safe to pass the wooden bridge, the trucks and small vehicles need to wait until the water recedes.
Now, the Kawpok-creek- crossing bailey bridge is being constructed in Bamauk Township. Upon completion of the bridge, the people, motorcycles, cars and 20-tonne trucks will be able to cross the bridge. There will also be a smooth flow of goods to 50 villages in Bamauk township. It will also contribute to other businesses, social, education and health sectoral developments of the local villages. — Khin Maung Swe (Maw Luu) /GNLM