The first Mahanadi Rail Bridge was opened on 1 January 1899. It had 64 spans of 100 feet each, on wells 19 ft 6 in. in diameter sunk to 60 ft below low water level. The Engineer in Charge of construction of the first Mahanadi Rail Bridge was William Beckett, who won a gold medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1901, for a paper he presented on the bridge construction.
The 2.1 km long Second Mahanadi Rail Bridge built at a cost of Rs. 120 crore was commissioned in 2008. The bridge has been designed for a train speed of 160 km per hour. Adequate steps have been taken to withstand quake.