Insights into the Third Karnaphuli Bridge

Long desired Shah Amanat ( 3rd Karnaphuli ) Bridge in Chittagong was opened for public use on the 8 September 2010. Sheikh Hasina, the honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh  inaugurated the bridge which is currently the most modern extra-dosed cable system bridge in the country.

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This 950 meter long and 24.47 meter wide bridge has been exclusively built with RubyCement using comparatively less pillars for the very first time in Bangladesh. The bridge has four (two on each side) lanes on both sides for high speed traffic, 1.5 meter wide road for low speed traffic e.g. rickshaw, van, bi-cycle and so on, and 1.5 meter wide walkway on both sides for pedestrians.

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The bridge has 0.5 kilometer connecting road to the city end and 1 kilometer road to the Potia end. China based construction agent Major Bridge Engineering Company has constructed the bridge under direct supervision of Bangladesh Roads & Highways Department. As the bridge was  opened just before Eid, it will be very convenient for the passengers traveling from Chittagong to South Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, and many other places.