Second longest road bridge in BD
The bridge, named after mystic singer Lalon Shah, establishes a direct link between the country's south-western and northern regions.
-It is seen as major engineering feat, in South Asia and the world.
-The 1.8km bridge is second largest in the country, and cost nearly $200m, most of it in loans from Japan.
-Officials say the bridge has the world's longest continuous concrete structure, while its foundations are sunk 91 metres into the riverbed.
-Hardly any other bridge in the world has foundations which go this deep.
-The bridge also has a shock absorbing unit at each pier, enabling it able to withstand earthquakes measuring up to seven in the Richter scale.
-Since the river is one of the mightiest in the world, the engineers installed a balanced cantilever construction method to make it stronger.