Monday, December 17, 2012

Rangoon prepares to take the high road

Monday, 17 December 2012 15:05 Mizzima News

Rangoon authorities will begin to tackle the city’s mounting traffic problems by constructing a series of overpasses in congested areas, according to state media.

Construction begins at the Hledan Overpass in central Rangoon. (PHOTO: Richard Barrow / Mizzima)

“Yangon City Development Committee will build overpasses one after another so as to reduce traffic jams at the significant points,” said The New Light of Myanmar on Monday.

An inauguration ceremony for the Shwegondaing Overpass in Bahan Township was held on December 12. The Shwegondaing Junction project will be jointly implemented by Yangon City Development Committee and Capital Development Co Ltd. The overpass was designed by JFE Co of Japan, said the report.

While construction takes place, road shoulders are being expanded and underground water pipelines, power lines and communication cables moved.

Shwegondaing Overpass will be built o f reinforced concrete, The New Light of Myanmar said, adding that the expected time for completion is about 11 months.

Hledan Overpass, Bayintnaung Overpass and Shwegondaing Overpass are currently under construction in the former capital, but YCDC plans to build more and more overpasses at other junctions in the city, the report said.

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