Punjab & Region

10 years in making, longest bridge on Manali–Leh highway complete

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The Fact News Service

October 7

The longest bridge on the strategic Manali – Leh highway, located in Himachal Pradesh, is complete and will be opened for traffic this month.

The 360-meter long bridge over the Bhaga river at Darcha took about 10 years to construct owing to the difficult terrain, inclement weather and limited working season due to long snow bound winters, BRO sources said.

It is a steel-truss structure in which the load bearing super structure is constructed of a rigid assembly of steel beams. In addition to the abutments on either end, the length is supported by five piers arising from the river bed.

The project was executed by 70 Road Construction Company of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). The same unit had also constructed the 100-meter steel truss bridge connecting the north portal of Atal Tunnel under the Rohtang Pass that was inaugurated this month, with the Manali – Leh Highway at Sissu near Keylong.

The Manali – Leh route, known as National Highway – 3, provides the vital alternate road axis to Ladakh, the other being the Srinagar – Leh axis. BRO has been engaged in upgrading the Manali – Leh axis, which lies across some of the highest motorable passes in the world such as Baralacha La, Tanglang La, Nakee La and Lachung La, touching heights of 17,500 feet, to double lane specifications.

(Story sourced through inputs from agencies)

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