Construction on the Yangon-Dala cross-river bridge, which will link Yangon’s down­town area to the under­developed satellite town, will begin in April this year, the Ministry of In­formation announced last week.

When completed in 2021 it is hoped the $168 million bridge will vastly improve transport ser­vices to Dala and raise the socio-economic status of local residents.

Funding for the pro­ject being drawn from a $137.8 million loan from South Korea’s Economic Development Coopera­tion Fund, which was fi­nalised between the Min­istry of Commerce and Korea Eximbank (KEX­IM) in 2015.

The four-lane bridge will be 590 meters long and 49 metres high. It will link Phonegyi Street in Lanmadaw township with Bo Min Yaung Street in Dala.

Water pipes will also run along the bridge, bringing water from Yan­gon to Dala to help alle­viate the town’s summer water shortages. Xinhua