Ministry planning more bridges around Yangon

More bridges are to be added around Yangon Region with support from international organisations, according to officials from the Ministry of Construction.

Infrastructure development often requires support from international organisations, which have helped fund three bridge projects in the Yangon area, said U Kyaw Kaung Cho, an engineer with the ministry.

The Thaketa bridge is currently two lanes wide, but with US$42 million in funding, it will be made twice as wide, with work beginning shortly after water festival.

“For projects in the near future in Yangon, we have a grant-aid project from Japan International Cooperation Agency,” he said. The Thaketa bridge already connects Thaketa township with Yangon’s downtown to the west, crossing the Pazundaung creek, but is frequently the scene of traffic delays.

The rebuilt bridge will still be about 250 metres, but double the width and built in an extradosed style.

“We are going to construct this bridge after water festival,” he said.

There are also plans for bridge construction on the city’s outskirts.

The Ministry of Construction is planning to wrap up a feasibility study this month on the Wataya bridge and associated access roads that total 17 kilometres. The bridge aims to help unlock areas to the northwest of Yangon, including Htantabin and Hlaing Tharyar townships.

U Kyaw Kaung Cho said the bridge will be put in cooperation with a Korean company, and is located near other development projects such as a new industrial zone and able to access the future site of the Hanthawaddy airport.

The third bridge project the Ministry of Construction is looking at is actually an immersed tunnel across the Hlaing river in Kyeemindaing township.

Modelled after similar infrastructure in Japan, U Kyaw Kaung Cho called it a “dream project”, adding that a feasibility study has already started with support from various ministries.

U Kyaw Kaung Cho said that Myanmar would like to add different styles of building infrastructure into the mix.

“To be sincere and to be honest, as a designer from the bridge department, we have the technology available for steel truss bridges,” he said. U Kyaw Kaung Cho added the ministry would like to make greater use of cable bridges, and extradosed bridges, which share similarities with cable stay bridges.

“We already have very strong experience in steel truss bridges with [support from] Chinese engineers. So we would like to upgrade our capacity in the future,” he said.

The ministry would like to rely on more build-operate-transfer schemes with support from international construction companies in the future.

U Kyaw Kaung Cho also discussed road, highway and other bridge projects. According to Ministry of Construction date from July 2014, it currently has 60 roads under construction with 28 different private companies under a Public-Private Partnership system.

Source: Myanmar Times

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