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A bird's-eye view of Bangladesh’s first expressway

  • Mostafigur Rahman, Head of News Photography, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2020-07-06 13:44:26 BdST

Bangladesh’s first six-lane Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga expressway was designed with all the facilities of a modern highway to ensure that the people can fully utilise the Padma Bridge, the biggest infrastructure project in the country, once it is constructed. The expressway was opened to traffic in March.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the expressway through a video conference at Ganabhaban on Mar 12, 2020. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader initiated the project on Nov 17, 2016.

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The 24 Engineer Construction Brigade of Bangladesh Army implemented the project under the supervision of the Roads and Highways Department.

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The 55km expressway has two parts stretching 35km from Dhaka to Mawa and 20km from Patchchar to Bhanga. The two parts will be connected through the Padma Bridge. The 6.15km bridge will have 41 spans on 42 piers. The workers have installed 31 spans so far. The expressway is set to ease the travel from Khulna and Barishal divisions to Dhaka.

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The construction of the highway cost Tk 110 billion. It has 44 culverts, 19 underpasses, four big bridges, 25 small bridges, five flyovers, two interchain and four railway overpasses.

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The construction of the highway cost Tk 110 billion. It has 44 culverts, 19 underpasses, four big bridges, 25 small bridges, five flyovers, two interchain and four railway overpasses.

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In addition to the Padma Bridge, the expressway also has Dhaleswari-1 and 2, and Arial Khan bridges.

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There are two service lanes on both sides of the expressway to cater for the local and slow-moving vehicles to ensure that fast-moving vehicles can run smoothly on the road and travel time reduces.

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Work on the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project adjacent to the expressway is also progressing at a fast pace.