Yangon 8 June
As construction of the new Dawbon Bridge is completed by 95 per cent with its approach structures to overpass bridges nearly completed it will be opened to traffic on 10 June.
The two-lane old bridge was prone to traffic congestion. However, the new four-lane facility will bring about swift and smooth transport as it is much wider than the old one. Upon completion of the approach road to Mingalar Taungnyunt by the end of June, the old one will be out of use, said U Kyaw Lin, the chief engineer of the Bridges Department.
He thanked the Japanese government for the emergence of the bridge which eases traffic congestion. He called on local people to help maintain it as part of devoting the gratitude of the Japanese government. Myanmar engineers engaged in the project have learnt a lot from Japanese counterparts and it enables them to share the knowledge gained with their local counterparts in such a kind of project.
The bridge situated between a future port and Thilawa Industrial Zone was built at a cost of Yen 4216 million funded by the Japanese government. It is a masterpiece of engineers of Myanmar, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand.
The 253-meter long and 21.5-meter wide bridge is of cable stayed extra dosed type and it is flanked by a two-meter wide walkway.
Only the drainage system is left to be constructed.
Myint Maung Soe
Translated by Suyee