The Department of Bridges under the Ministry of Construction is building several bridges that will help regional development in Rakhine State, officials said yesterday.
The bridge projects include the Sai Din Bridge, which is nearly completed and will facilitate travel between Ponnagyun and Buthidaung. It was learnt that arrangements are being made to finish the bridge by the end of the month.
The construction of Sai Din Bridge began in December 2016. The bridge is a two-way concrete bridge measuring 600 ft in length, 24 ft. in width and 9 ft. in height. The bridge is being constructed with 150 labourers to complete the project within the designated time.
“It was targeted to complete construction in March, at the end of the open season prior to monsoon season.
On completion of the bridge, development along the region will be gained. In the past, local people used to depend only on waterways. On completion of the Ponnagyun-Yathedaung-Buthidaung Road, regional development will rise up remarkably. Transport plays an important role for the regional development”, said U Wai Myint, official of the bridges department.
There are four other bridges being constructed — Yathedaung Bridge, Thaung Bridge, Nga San Paw Bridge and Ywa Haung Bridge. The spans are targeted to be completed by the end of March, the end of the budget year and before the monsoon season.
Kyaw Thu Win