Friday, December 21, 2018

Second phase of bridge maintenance project begins

The Department of Roads has started the second phase of nationwide bridge maintenance project from today.
The project aims at repairing vulnerable or damaged bridges along the major highways across the country and enhance their durability, according to director general of the Department of Roads Rabindra Nath Shrestha.
The project 'Second Bridges Improvement and Maintenance Programme-II (BIMP-II),' is a joint project of the government and the World Bank, he said, adding that the government is contributing $63 million, whereas the World Bank is contributing $119 million, respectively for the five-year long project. "The project was preceded by another five-year project of bridge maintenance worth Rs 7 billion, which maintained several bridges across the East West Highway and other highways on the first phase that ran from 2012 to 2017, with contribution of $60 million from the World Bank and the rest from the government."
The first phase had upgraded bridges in different states. The percentage of bridges in good condition was 85 at the end of the first phase, up from 50 per cent in 2012 when the project started.
A total 17-km of bridge length was maintained for bridges with structural damages. Minor repairing works covered 10-km of bridge length.
The second phase will also build 14 new bridges along the Mugling-Narayangadh road section, which was completed this year. Bridges for maintenance are yet to be identified.
The project will conduct risk assessment of the vulnerable bridges along the main highways. New bridges will replace the old ones if needed.
There are about 2,200 motorable bridges across the country and about 400 of them are along the main highways. Another 1,450 bridges are in different stages of construction
The details are yet to be prepared about particular bridges to be included in the project," according to senior divisional engineer Naresh Man Shakya. "We will prepare a three-year maintenance project based on need assessment," he said, adding that construction of new bridges begin thereafter.

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