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Rupsa Bridge (Bangladesh)

Most of Bangladesh lies within the broad delta formed by three large rivers, including the Ganges, and their tributaries. While the fertile land is well suited to rice-paddy cultivation, the rivers will occasionally flood during monsoon season, inflicting enormous damage.

For this reason, development of the nation's road network has been slow, and many trunk roads have been interrupted by rivers large and small. The Rupsa Bridge was constructed in the city of Khulna, the political and economic center of southwestern Bangladesh. It was built to span the Rupsa River, approximately 600 meters wide (in the vicinity of the construction site). This bridge has enabled people and goods to flow unimpeded to and from Mongla Port, the second largest international port of Bangladesh. The bridge is also expected to boost the economy in the region, making this bridge a cornerstone for development in Bangladesh.

Rupsa Bridge
Year completed: 2005
Structure: Girder bridge
Length: 1,360.29 m
Effective width: 13.5 m

Staff Comments

The staff working on this project hail from a wide range of countries, including the United Kingdom and Germany and Asian nations such as Thailand and India, as well as Bangladesh. I was truly thrilled at this opportunity, which marked a significant departure from my experience with construction in Japan. We all worked together on this project while living side-by-side with other staff members, learning about the customs and values of our different home countries and building a sense of mutual trust and accomplishment as we overcame ethnic, language, cultural, religious, and other boundaries to complete the project.

The four-year project was completed in May 2005, when the bridge opened to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. As people began to flow over the bridge, the entire span of 1.4 km was eventually covered with people overjoyed to see this dream come true after so many years. This moment brought home to me just how valuable and important this bridge is to the country of Bangladesh, hampered for so long by the rivers that divide and flood the nation during the rainy season. It was at that moment that I made a wish—which was for this bridge to spur the nation into taking a giant leap in development.

The bridge under construction

Constructing a column capital using a barge

Side view

Balanced cantilever erection using a form traveler

Location of the Rupsa Bridge


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