Top 5 Bridges of Bangladesh

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You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate the most beautiful bridges in the country. You likely use them every day, but have you ever stopped to consider the engineering marvel that is the bridge? They’re massive spans of concrete, metal, and wires which weigh thousands of tons yet remain to stand. Bridges are also a key to the way we move and serve as an important tool for many commuters. Despite this, how often do you read a piece extolling the greatness of a bridge, or hear an ode to their wonders? Not often enough, by our measure. Let’s correct that, shall we? Here are some of the most impressive bridges out there.

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Padma Bridge
Do you like gold? Just think about huge Golden Bridge! Padma bridge will be a golden color. The Padma Bridge is a multi purpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River under construction in Bangladesh. It will connect Louhajong, Munshiganj to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the southwest of the country to the northern and eastern regions. Padma Bridge is the most challenging construction project in the history of Bangladesh. The two-level steel truss bridge will carry a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single track railway on a lower level.With 150 m spans, 6150 m total length and 18.10 m width, it is going to be the largest bridge in the Padma-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basins of the country in terms of both span and the total length. The government officials planned to build Padma Bridge in 1999. According to the latest plan, the bridge will be completed by December 2018. The Padma Bridge will have 42 pillars including two transition piers closer to the land. These pillars will carry the spans. All the spans are made in China at Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd’s yard. To stay safe and certain,  go for Jovago.net  and find best hotels in Dhaka.

Bangabandhu Bridge
Jamuna is one of the three main rivers of Bangladesh. It separated the northern part of the country from the rest of Bangladesh. Thus, there was a communication gap which existed with all its disadvantages. To bridge the gap, a decision was taken for construction of a bridge in 1966. This dream and decision have now become a thing of reality. The actual physical work of the bridge began on October 16, 1994. It took 889 days to complete the bridge. During this period 18 lakh labourers worked hard day and night to complete the bridge. The desired bridge whose length is 4.8 Kilometres and whose breadth is 18.5 meters has opened a new chapter in the economy of  national life. The bridge has paved the way for easy communication between the two parts of the same land. The products, mainly agricultural and other items of raw food now find an easy way for marketing. The importance of this bridge is so high that it beggars description. The construction of Bangabandhu Bridge has ushered in a new era in the transport and communication systems of Bangladesh. It has paved the way for the harmonious development of agriculture, industry, electricity, forest and natural wealth in both the regions. The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge has added a new dimension in the national, social and economic life of the people. To stay safe and certain, go for Jovago.net and find best hotels in Dhaka.

 

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Hardinge Bridge
Hardinge Bridge is a steel railway bridge over the river Padma located at Paksey in western Bangladesh. It is named after Lord Hardinge, who was the Viceroy of India from 1910 to 1916. The bridge is 1.8 kilometers (1.1 mi) long that’s construction began in 1910 and ended in 1912, though it was proposed two decades ago. There was train movement on it from 1915. There was a proposal of constructing a railway bridge over the Padma. Eastern Bengal Railway laid the proposal in 1889.The motive of constructing this bridge was to ease communication between Eastern part of Bengal and Kolkata. The bridge comprises 15 steel trusses. The main girders are modified “Petit” type.The most difficult task of the operation was to prevent bank erosion and to make the river flow permanently under the bridge. For this, two guide banks of the “Bell-bund” type named after J. R. Bell were built on either side, each extending 910 meters (3,000 ft) upstream and 300 meters (1,000 ft) downstream from the bridge. The ends of the river banks were curved inward and heavily pitched with stone. Hardinge Bridge was severely damaged during the Liberation War of Bangladesh of 1971. It happened on 13 December 1971 when the Indian Air Force plane bombed on the 4th guarded against the Paksey side. As the Pakistani army was on retreat towards Jessore (their last stronghold), Hardinge Bridge was strategically very important. The allied force damaged the bridge. The Japanese Government helped to reconstruct the bridge. It is the second largest railway bridge in Bangladesh. Another bridge named Lalon Shah Bridge for road transport besides the Hardinge Bridge has recently been constructed.Dhaka is about five hours by road through the Jamuna Bridge. Pabna is also well connected to all the districts and towns of Rajshahi Division by road. Look for the best hotels in Dhaka through Jovago.net.

 

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Meghna Bridge
Meghna Bridge is a road bridge in Bangladesh. It was built with the assistance of Japan and officially named Japan Bangladesh Friendship Bridge 1. It is popularly known as Meghna Bridge. According to a study conducted in 2004 by the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh, residents living around the Meghna Bridge recognized several positive impacts after the construction of the bridge.  Meghna Bridge is 30 kilometers (19 mi) southeast of Dhaka across the Meghna River which is one of the major rivers in the country.The bridge is located along the Dhaka–Chittagong Highway. Meghna Bridge is a cantilever and girder bridge. It is 930 meters in length with dual carriageway and 9.2 meters in width. The bridge has thirteen spans. Two among the individual spans are of 24.25 meters in length each, one is of 48.3 meters in length, nine spans are 87 meters in length each and the length of the rest is 18.2 meters. The foundations are supported on RCC caissons and piles. The piled foundation of abutments is buried. RCC caissons which are used as a foundation under the piers are also buried.

 

Lalon Shah Bridge
Lalon Shah Bridge also known as the Paksey Bridge is a road bridge in Bangladesh over the river Padma, situated between Ishwardi Upazila of Pabna on the east, and Bheramara Upazila of Kushtia on the west. Named after early 19th-century mystic poet Lalon Shah of Chhewuriya, Kushtia District, the bridge was completed in 2004. The bridge is 1,800 meters (5,900 ft) long and is the fourth longest road bridge in the country after Jamuna Bridge, Meghna Bridge, and Meghna-Gomti bridge. It provides important road connection to Mongla port of Khulna District in the south from Rajshahi division and Rangpur division, the northern parts of Bangladesh. It is situated parallel to and south (downstream) of Hardinge Bridge.

 

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Md. Mintu Hossain

 

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