04 Sep 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times - State and regional governments in Myanmar have expended around K477 billion building bridges in fiscal 2019-20, according to the Ministry of Construction.

"A total of 43 bridges spanning over 180 ft and 57 bridges under 180 ft amounting to 100 bridges in total have been completed in fiscal 2019-20. The new infrastructure has helped to enhance connectivity and trade for under-developed communities," said U Nay Aung Ye Myint, Director General of the Bridges Department under the Ministry of Construction.

The completed bridges include Kantarawadi Bridge in Kayah State, Naunglon Bridge in Kayin State, Paletwa Bridge, Lalmyo Bridge, Daungvar Bridge in Chin State, Thamote Lut Lut Bridge, Palone Tone Tone Bridge, Tanintharyi Bridge in Tanintharyi Region, Sittaung Bridge (Myo Soe), Shwe Kyin Bridge in Bago Region, Mon Chaung Bridge, Sal Yoe Bridge, Man Chaung Bridge in Magwe Region, Kin Chaung Bridge in Rakhine State and Labutta Bridge (Pin Lal Lay) in Ayeyarwady Region. These were constructed with loans from Austria.

The No.3 Bago Bridge, Myanmar-Korea Friendship (Dala) Bridge, Gyine (Kawkareik) Bridge, Gyine (Zathapyin) Bridge, Attayan Bridge are still being constructed with official development assistance.

There are also plans to bridge new Kunlon Bridge with international aid.

"We have used technology for quality control so the bridge load and lifespan has increase substantially and will also reduce maintenance costs in the long term. Instead of using steel trusses, the bridge designs were changed to steel arches which represents an advance in bridge engineering," he said.

In the case of damage by natural disasters, special bridge teams in each state and region have collected funds for Bailey bridges in advance, according to the department.