Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on 31st July 2020 inaugurated the upstream carriageway of Mahatma Gandhi bridge over river Ganga in Bihar through video conference.
Over 5.5 kilometres long, the four lane bridge lies on NH-19 between Patna and Hajipur. It is being constructed at a cost of one thousand 742 crore rupees. It involves replacement of the existing concrete superstructure of old bridge by new steel deck superstructure. The work on the bridge was started in June 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari said, this is the first ever bridge using modern technology for improving the existing structure. Calling it an engineering marvel, he said, it can be a good case study for civil engineering students. He also announced a new bridge over river Ganga in Patna, which will be five kilometres long, with larger spans to facilitate movement of ships under it. It will cost about three thousand crore rupees.