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