The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct a new sub-way steel bridge on the Shillong Bypass at Dwar Ksuid in Ri Bhoi district.
Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said this steel bridge can support heavy vehicles ferrying goods up to 40 metric tons.
Tynsong said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government wanted to complete this steel bridge within the 31st of this month.
“We hope that with the taking over of the BRO along with the NHAI, works would speed up and complete the project within a short time,” he said.
Tynsong said that the National Highway Authority of India has already engaged an expert team from IIT Guwahati to study the cracks that surfaced in the existing Dwar Ksuid bridge.
“After the expert team submitted its report, the NHAI will take a call whether a new bridge would be built, or take up only repairing works to strengthen the bridge,” Tynsong said.
At present, all heavy vehicles are plying on the national highway via Shillong city, and the Meghalaya government has directed all goods-laden trucks to carry below 20 metric tons while passing through the Umïam Dam bridge.