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Sangupiddy Bridge
Coordinates 9°33′57.60″N 80°11′52.70″E / 9.5660000°N 80.1979722°E / 9.5660000; 80.1979722Coordinates: 9°33′57.60″N 80°11′52.70″E / 9.5660000°N 80.1979722°E / 9.5660000; 80.1979722
Carries Motor vehicles on the A32 highway
Crosses Jaffna Lagoon
Locale Sangupiddy, Kilinochchi District/
Karaitivu, Jaffna District
Owner Ministry of Ports & Highways
Maintained by Road Development Authority
Characteristics
Total length 288 m (945 ft)
Width 7.35 m (24 ft)
History
Designer Mabey and Johnson
Constructed by Access Engineering
Construction cost LKR1.037 billion
Inaugurated January 16, 2011 (2011-01-16)
Sangupiddy Bridge is located in Sri Lanka
Sangupiddy Bridge
Location in Sri Lanka

Sangupiddy Bridge (Changkupiddy Bridge) is a road bridge across Jaffna Lagoon in northern Sri Lanka. It connects Sangupiddy in Kilinochchi District to Karaitivu in Jaffna District. It is one of only two road bridges connecting the densely populated Jaffna Peninsula with the mainland.

History[edit]

In July 1932, during British colonial rule, plans were drawn up to build a causeway (the Mahadeva Causeway) across the shallow waters of the Jaffna lagoon, linking Sangupiddy, near Poonakari, with Karaitivu, near Navatkuly.[1] The plans weren't implemented fully due to protests from local fishermen and salt producers.[2] The partially built causeway was nevertheless used by locals until the civil war prevented them doing so.[3]

In December 2009, following the end of the civil war, plans were drawn to build a bridge on the site of the causeway.[4] The Sri Lankan Ministry of Ports and Highways had ordered an Atlas type bridge from British company Mabey and Johnson for the flyover at the Panadura junction in Colombo but the bridge was instead used for the Sangupiddy Bridge.[3] Construction began in April 2010, with erection of 7-span bridge commencing in September 2010.[3][4] Construction was carried out by Access Engineering, a Sri Lankan company.[4][5] The bridge was completed in eight months.[6] The bridge was formally opened on 16 January 2011.[6]

The two lane bridge is 288m long and 7.35m wide.[3][4][6] It consists of a steel girder structure and an ante steel deck system sitting on a reinforced cement concrete structure with pile foundations. The bridge cost 1.037 billion rupees (US$9.4 million) and was financed by a soft loan from the British Government's Steel Bridge Program.[4][6][7]

The bridge is part of the A32 Jaffna-Mannar highway.[8] Prior to construction of the bridge the only road connection between Jaffna Peninsula and the mainland was at Elephant Pass. Sangupiddy Bridge reduces the journey from the southern Sri Lanka to Jaffna by 110 km (68 mi) or three hours.[4][6]

References[edit]


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27 news items

 
Ministry of Defence (press release)
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:26:34 -0800

His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Sangupiddy Bridge and the causeway on 16 January, as a Thaipongal gift to people in the North. The 288m long bridge together with 3Km long causeway lying across the Jaffna lagoon ...
 
Sunday Times.lk
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:47:42 -0800

The new Sangupiddy bridge, constructed by Access Engineering Ltd, which willl facilitate the road-link to the Jaffna peninsula through Kilali lagoon will link Sangupiddy and Karaithivu on the A32 road, Access said in a press release.

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Newsfirst
Sun, 10 May 2015 09:51:08 -0700

The Ranbumi Rally for Unity approached Jaffna via the Sangupiddy bridge, another endeavor which connected the North and the South. The Ranbumi Rally for Unity also paused at the Nallur Kovil where Ashirvada pooja was held, invoking blessings on the ...
 
Lankaweb
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:55:01 -0800

President Mahinda Rajapaksa while vesting with the people the 288-metre-long two-way Sangupiddy Bridge, Jaffna which links the shortest land based route between the South and the Jaffna peninsula yesterday, emphasized that the Government was fully ...
 
Ceylon Daily News
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:52:30 -0800

Northern Road Connectivity Project - award of contract for the Rehabilitation/ lmprovement of Mannar End approach of 'Sangupiddy' Bridge (4.5 km) on Navatkuli Keraltivu - Mannar Road (A32) - The proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the ...
 
The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:04:23 -0700

About six km away from Pooneryn, Ruvan Ranatunga could almost taste the salt on his tongue as a warm wind swept the scent of dried villus toward him. Ahead lay the Indian Ocean and the end of his long journey. By his side, on this final stretch, were ...
 
Sunday Times.lk
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 12:48:30 -0800

... the Southern Highway Project, Sangupiddy Bridge and the dredging of the Dutch Canal, the impact is on larger segments of the community, where we have integrated some of the most sophisticated know how, knowledge and skill in the country,” he added.
 
Nation on Sunday
Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:31:10 -0800

There was a massive gathering at the ceremony held to mark the commissioning of the Sangupiddy bridge. Following the opening of the bridge, the President surprised the cheering crowds by walking up to them and spending a few minutes chatting with them ...
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