Communications and Media

27

Nov
2021

The Ayeyarwady Bridges

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Connecting Amarapura with Sagaing, the Old Inwa Bridge, with 16 spans and two decks (one for road and another for rail traffic), used to be the only route across the Ayeyarwady from Mandalay when it was built by the British in 1934. They  sabotaged it in 1942 by des- troying two of the spans to  forestall the Japanese advance. The bridge was repaired 14 years later and served as the main link between the two banks until 2008, when the three-span Ayeyarwady Bridge, carrying a four-lane highway, was built next to the old bridge.

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