The Department of Road of the Ministry of Construction constructs bridges across the nation in order to facilitate the transport sector, and the Myaung Bway bridge in Rakhine State on the Yangon-Sittway Road is now 53 per cent complete, according to the ministry.
The Myaung Bway bridge construction is conducted over Myaung Bway creek at milepost (99/4-99/6) of Yangon-Sittway Road in MraukU Township of Rakhine State. The new bridge is constructed about 68 feet from the downs tream of the old Bailey bridge using K4,740 million. There are a total of 80 people, including skilled engineers and workers from Bridge Special Team (7) in the bridge construction processes, said project engineer U Min Khine, Deputy Director of the department.
“Although the vehicles pass through the old Bailey bridge, they have to wait for other vehicles coming from another direction as it is a one-lane bridge. The Yangon-Sittway Road plays a key role in the trade flows of Rakhine State. Therefore, we construct the new two-lane bridge near the old one-lane bridge to provide proper transportation and facilitate the trade flows for the people,” he continued.
The Myaung Bway bridge is a truss bridge with P.C Girder and floor trusses. The bridge contains a Bored Pile foundation with four truss chambers (60 feet each) and five P.C Girder (100 feet each). It is 740 feet (225.54 metres) long. The width of the bridge is 28 feet and it includes 3 feet pedestrian walkway. The water clearance of the bridge is 85 feet in width and 21 feet in height. Its maximum load capacity will be 60 tonnes, according to the Bridge Special Team (7).
The Bored Pile construction for A1, A2, P1, P2, P7 and P8, Pile Cap, Shaft, Abutment and Cross Beam were completed in the 2019-2020FY and currently, the operations for P, P4 and P5 are conducted with the budget of the 2020-2021FY. They will complete soon and the Bored Pile constriction for P6 will start, said U Min Khine.
The old 740 feet long Bailey Bridge can accommodate only 20 tonnes and the vehicles have to await other ones coming from different directions, and it causes delays in trade flow sectors. Therefore, the government arranged to build a new bridge. The bridge project was launched on 1 October 2018 and it will be operational in the 2022-2023FY, according to the Ministry of Construction.—Pwint Thitsar/GNLM