Work on Bridge: 20km tailback on Sirajganj highway
The expansion work of Nalka Bridge, on the western end of the Bangabandhu Bridge, has caused a long tailback since Wednesday.
The tailback extended for around 20 kilometres on both sides of the bridge that is situated on the Karatoa in Sirajganj's Raiganj upazila.
At worst, the stretch goes up to 40 kilometres at nights, reported our correspondent.
Rafiqul Islam, traffic inspector in Sirajganj, said a large number of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the bridge.
The vehicles on the route were plying using a single lane due to the ongoing construction work. As a result, vehicles on one side of the bridge remain stranded, he added.
Additional policemen were deployed on the highway to ease the movement of the vehicles and control the heavy traffic, he further said.
Meanwhile, because of the long tailback, vehicles were taking turns to sub-roads, eventually causing traffic jams across the district.
The jam at the Nalka Bridge impacted traffic pressure on Bonpara, Bogura and Nagarbari highways, reported our correspondent.
Talking to The Daily Star, some drivers alleged that they had to remain stuck in the jam for over five hours to cross the 20-kilometre stretch.
Thousands of vehicles from 16 northern districts and five to six southern districts use Bangabandhu Bridge regularly and those would face difficulties plying on the highway due to the tailback, said the police official.