THE Ministry of Construction is building a four-lane bridge called Gyaing (Kawkareik), which crosses the Gyaing River from Asian Highway No. (1) and the East-West Economic Corridor. The construction is being implemented under the ODA loan of JICA and the contract with MoC.
The bridge will be a prestressed concrete extradosed bridge. It is 580 metres long and 22.69 metres wide. The load capacity of the bridge will be 60 tonnes per vehicle. The project started on 3 May 2019 with K6.8 billion.
The old Gyaing bridge was a 36-metre-long suspension bridge constructed in 1997. As there were around 1,500 vehicles passing the bridge each day, a massive renovation was made in 2010, reducing the load capacity to 13 tonnes from 45 tonnes and making big vehicles use Pontoon Bridge instead.
Since the Gyaing (Kawkareik) Bridge will be a bridge on the road to the Myawady border, Thilawa, Tamu, and Muse when the construction completes, it will be more convenient to transport goods from Ayeyawady Region, Bago Region, Taninthayi Region, Mon State and Kayin State to the Myawady border trade point. — Kayan Soe Myint/GNLM