Contract awarded for Bangladesh’s Tyne-style steel-arch bridge

28 September 2023

The aim is to create a bridge similar to the steel arch bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne (Bob Castle/CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Kewatkhali Bridge will be located in the city of Mymensingh, about 110km north of Dhaka. The joint venture will handle “work package one”, which is worth $190m, roughly two-thirds of the total $290m value of the project.

This involves erecting a 1.1km bridge over the Brahmaputra River with a 320m steel arch, with a look reminiscent of the UK’s Tyne Bridge, or the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has agreedto provide $260m of the cost of the project, which is due to be completed by June 2025.

According to the bank, the aim of the project is “to address the cross-river bottleneck between Mymensingh and Shambhugonj on the Dhaka–Mymensingh–India corridor”. The bridge aims to improve connectivity for Mymensingh’s land port and Chinese-style special economic zones.