One of main projects under Uthuru Vasanthaya:
Mannar bridge, causeway nearing completion
The Construction work on new Mannar bridge and the causeway
connecting the Mannar Island with the mainland are now nearing
completion and will be opened for the public soon.
Approximately 41,000 people living in Mannar Island will be directly
benefited by this project which will vastly improve the market
approachability and facilitating transportation at a low cost.
A Highways and Road Development Ministry spokesman said the Japanese
Government has funded the construction of the new bridge and causeway
which is one of the most important projects in the country.
It would contribute to achieving notable economic and social
development in the Northern region in the near future.
The Road Development Authority under the supervision of the Highways
and Road Development Ministry is implementing the Project.
He said the new bridge spanning 157.1 metre length and 10.4 m width
has been constructed with two lanes of carriageway and sidewalks on the
Medawachchiya–Mannar–Thalaimannar (A 14) Road.
The causeway has been extended up to 3.14 km in length and 11.0 m
width comprising 2 lanes of carriageway.
The existing bridge and causeway which connect the Mannar Island and
the mainland were constructed in 1930s with a single lane which is
narrow in width. It was the only access road to the Mannar Island from
This bridge which was damaged due to a terrorist bomb blast in 1990
was restored with a temporary steel bailey bridge which was narrow in
width and was restricted for heavy vehicles of over 10 tons.
The causeway was also very narrow in width with single traffic lane.
Heavy vehicles had to reduce speed and wait on the sidewalk to give
way for the vehicles coming from the opposite side.
The movements along the causeway were frequently interrupted during
the monsoons due to high tidal waves.