Construction on that downtown bridge to Dala isn’t going to start until next year

The long-awaited bridge to Dala from downtown Yangon is going to take a little longer.

Initially expected to get underway this year, it’s looking more like 2017, a government official tells the Voice.

Kyaw Kaung Cho, general manager of the Ministry of Construction’s Urban and Bridge Department, told the paper that construction will start in 2017.

“The consultation committee for the bridge’s construction will be elected in this month. It will take six to eight months to choose a design. Now, everything is fine about this bridge project. We already paid compensation fees,” he said, alluding to money paid to residents in Dala who will be affected.

The bridge, which would start off on Phone Gyi street downtown and extend over the Yangon River to Dala, was first agreed-to in 2012, but compensation amounts for Dala residents affected by the project were only sealed recently. Dala is currently accessible via ferries and an out-of-the-way bridge.

Under the terms of the project, Myanmar will pitch in approximately $30 million on top of the bulk $138 million loan, which comes from South Korea.

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