Mannar Bridge, causeway nearing completion
The Construction work on new Mannar Bridge and the
causeway connecting the Mannar Island with the mainland are now nearing
completion, with funds by the Japanese Government.
The new bridge spanning 157.1 meters in length and
10.4 meters in width has been constructed with two lanes of carriageway
and sidewalks on the Medawachchiya-Mannar-Thalaimannar (A 14) Road. The
causeway has been extended up to 3.14 km in length and 11.0 m width
comprising 2 lanes of carriageway.
The existing bridge and causeway which connect the
Mannar Island and the mainland were constructed in 1930s with a single
lane which is narrow in width. It was the only access road to the Mannar
Island from the mainland, the report added.
This bridge which was damaged due to a terrorist bomb
blast in 1990 was restored with a temporary steel bailey bridge which
was narrow in width and was restricted for heavy vehicles of over 10
tons, the report said.
Approximately 41,000 people living in Mannar Island
will directly benefit by this project which will vastly improve the
market approachability and facilitating transportation at a low cost.
Courtesy : Government Information Department