YCDC spends K5.9 billion on Mingala Taungnyunt-Dawbon Bridge

Mingala Taungnyunt-Dawbon Bridge crossing Ngamoeyeik Creek is under construction, near Pathein Nyunt railway bridge.
Yangon City Development Committee will spend K5.9 billion to construct the bridge, which workers and engineers are trying to complete by March 2015, Assistant Chief Engineer U Kyin Ohn of Engineering Department (Road and Bridge) of YCDC told media on 10 December.
Construction commenced in mid-October.
The 1,215-foot long bridge will have a 24-foot-wide motorway and six-foot wide pedestrian walkway on either side. Construction of one of its two approach bridges is already halfway complete, ACE U Kyin Ohn said.
He explained, “Pathein Nyunt railway bridge was built during the period of independence struggles of the country. After Thakayta new town was established in 1959, the rail tracks were removed from Pathein Nyunt bridge. Military engineers squad spent K150,000 on renovation of the bridge for use as a motorway for public transportation on 21 January, 1959. Construction Minister Thayay Sithu U San Nyunt opened the old bridge with the title of Thakayta Bridge on 17 February, 1959. Now, the bridge cannot handle transport of motorcars, so YCDC maintains it for use by pedestrians, bicycles and trishaws.”
The new bridge will have a clearance of 15 feet over Ngamoeyeik Creek and can withstand 50-ton loads.—Saw Thein Win

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