Work on long-awaited Dala bridge to begin in April, says state media

Work will start in April on a long-awaited bridge linking downtown Yangon with Dala, a state-run newspaper reported on January 12 without giving a source for the information.

A ground-breaking ceremony was expected to be held in late March for the Korea-Myanmar Friendship Bridge over the Yangon River, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

It said the four-lane, cable-stayed bridge estimated to cost US$168.17 million and being built with financial support from South Korea, was due to open in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The bridge will be 1,936-feet (590-metres) long and 87 feet (26.5m) wide and link Phone Gyi Street in Lanmadaw Township with Bo Min Yaung Street in Dala. The bridge will be 320 feet (97.5m) high, to allow big ships to pass underneath.

South Korea’s overseas aid agency, the Korea Economic Development Cooperation Fund, will provide a $137.83 million loan towards the cost of the bridge and the Union government will fund the remaining $30.34 million, GNLM said.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

By Frontier

By Frontier

In-depth, unbiased coverage of Myanmar in an era of transition. Our fortnightly English language print magazine is published every other Thursday, with daily news updates online.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar’s COVID-19 response needs a dose of reality
Prolonged lockdown measures are wreaking great harm and people are fed up. The government needs to ditch this blunt tool for a more surgical approach.
Myanmar’s COVID-19 response is at a crossroads, and something has to give
More than two months after they were introduced, residents and officials in Yangon are increasingly ignoring stay-at-home orders, yet the government insists infection rates need to fall before they can be rolled back.

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters

Our fortnightly magazine is available in print, digital, or a combination beginning at $80 a year

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar