Second Mahanadi Rail Bridge
|Second Mahanadi Rail Bridge|
|Carries||Kharagpur-Puri line, Howrah-Chennai main line|
|Total length||2,100 metres (6,900 ft)|
The first Mahanadi Rail Bridge was opened on 1 January 1899. It had 64 spans of 100 feet (30.48 meters) each, on wells 19 ft 6 inches (5.94 meters) in diameter sunk to 60 ft (18.28 meters) 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 (1.3 miles) 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 (99.41 miles per hour). Adequate steps have been taken to withstand quake.
- "East Coast Railway". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- The Bridges over the Orissa Rivers on the East Coast Extension of the Bengal – Nagpur Railway, W. T. C. Beckett, M. Inst. C.E., Paper No. 3250, 1901
- "Second rail bridge over Mahanadi commissioned". Chennai, India: The Hindu, 27 July 2008. 27 July 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
|Video of a train passing over the Mahanadi Bridge|