Padma bridge: 28th span installed, 4.2km now visible
The 28th span of much-anticipated Padma Bridge has been installed today, bringing into view 4.2 kilometres of the structure.
The span linking the 20th and 21st pier was installed around 9:00am today, Dewan Md Abdul Kader, project manager (main bridge), told The Daily Star.
The span was taken to the spot on the river from construction yard-1 yesterday, he added.
The development came at a time when the country is facing a virtual lockdown with operation of all types of passenger transports suspended, and public and private offices closed.
Besides, 20 to 30 percent of the local workers involved in the project left the workplace due to the coronavirus situation, a project official said.
"However, the number of local workers has increased now as many of them have returned," he said, wishing anonymity.
All 667 Chinese nationals involved in the main bridge works are now working, he added.
The 6.15 kilometre bridge would have a total of 42 piers and 41 spans. Of them, construction work of all piers have already been completed.
Thirty-nine spans have arrived from China, 28 of which have been installed now.
But the company in China that is constructing the remaining two spans was closed for a long time due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The ships carrying the two spans are expected to start from China on April 20, according to the project officials.