Japan to Fund New Rangoon Bridge

A bridge connecting Pazuntaung Township and Thaketa Township. (Photo: Kyaw Phyo Tha / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — Construction of a new bridge to connect downtown Rangoon with Thaketa Township will begin in April next year, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the project.

The Japanese aid body is providing a maximum grant of about US$4.1 million for the four-lane bridge, with an “extradosed” architectural style that is known to be elegant but relatively expensive. Once completed, the bridge will be the first extradosed bridge in Burma, stretching 253 meters across.

The grant agreement was signed between JICA and Burma’s Ministry of Construction on Tuesday in Naypyidaw.

JICA says it hopes the new bridge will improve transportation in Greater Rangoon, to cope with an increase in economic activities and rapid traffic growth.

Two other bridges currently connect Thaketa Township, in eastern Rangoon, with Pazuntaung and Dawbon townships, both in southeastern Rangoon. The bridges are moveable and were constructed in 1996, but residents say they require upgrades and are sometimes closed.

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