The longest bowstring bridge in south India, connecting Alappuzha and Kollam, was inaugurated at Valiyazheekkal in Alappuzha District of Kerala.

  • Connects Valiyazheekkal of Alappuzha with Alappad of Kollam, reducing the distance by 28km. It is part of the Coastal Highway project
  • It is parallel to Arabian Sea and Kayamkulam lake
  • It is the second longest bowstring bridge in Asia, after Chaotianmen Bridge in China which is 1.74-km long
  • It is Asia’s largest tension steel bar concrete bowstring bridge
  • It has 29 spans
  • Like Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the bridge is painted in orange and cream colours
  • The structural design of the bridge was prepared by Dr P K Aravindan, former professor, IIT Madras, who also designed Goshree Bridge, Vypeen, among others. He died a few weeks after finalising the design of Valiyazheekkal bridge

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