Gote Twin Bridge likely to open today
A temporary Bailey bridge to replace the Gote Twin Bridge, which was blown up by armed groups on 15 August, is expected to be commissioned into service on 20 August.
After a load test, trucks and vans weighing less than 36 tons will be allowed on the bridge from 20 August, according to the Ministry of Construction. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Linn inspected the construction of the triple truss, single story, two-laned, 210-feet Bailey bridge on 18 August. The Ministry of Construction and Shan State Government decided to construct the Bailey bridge after the Gote Twin Bridge was damaged in a recent explosion.
Over 5,000 vehicles passed through the Gote Twin Bridge, carrying commodities worth US$15 million every day between Myanmar and China. The bridge is the major bridge on the Mandalay-Muse-Lashio Road which is the main trade route to China.
Source: Global New Light of Myanmar
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