The nearly 400m bridge will reduce bottlenecks on Dhaka-Chittagong highway
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the second Kanchpur Bridge across Shitalakkhya River to reduce traffic congestion on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
The premier opened the bridge through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban on Saturday.
Also through videoconference, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a four-lane flyover at Bhulta and a railway overpass at Latifpur on Dhaka-Sylhet highway.
The four-lane Kanchpur Bridge is 397.3m long and 18.1m wide, at a construction cost Tk950 crore.
Japanese contractors Obayshi Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, JFE Engineer Corporation, and IHI Infra Systems Company Limited, started construction of the second Kanchpur Bridge along with the second Meghna, and second Meghna-Gumti bridges on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway on January 2016.
The construction work of second Kanchpur Bridge was completed nearly four months ahead of the June 2019 deadline.
On the other hand, a three tier 1.3km four lane Bhulta Flyover has been constructed at a cost of Tk353.36 crore in Bhulta of Rupganj upazila under Narayanganj distract.
Chinese construction companies China Railway 24 Bureau Group, Spectra Engineers Limited and MN Builders implemented the project.
Concerned officials hope that the flyover will significantly reduce traffic jams, infuse dynamism in trade and commerce related activities, and ease road communication between Dhaka and Sylhet.
Meanwhile, inauguration of the newly-constructed 456.37m long Latifpur flyover is expected to help decrease traffic gridlocks at Latifpur on the Dhaka-Tangail highway.