Sri Lanka Army engineers who completed repairs to the famed Thondamannaru Bridge in the Jaffna peninsula declared it open for traffic on Monday. The bridge which was blasted by the LTTE way back in 1987 remained closed for traffic since then and motorists were compelled to make several detours
The new bridge has a span of 330 feet, in length is 40 feet wide and can bear a load of 35 tons. On a directive by Security forces Northern Commander Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, Army engineers completed repairs in two weeks.
The new bridge known as the `Mabey Johnson Compact 200 Bridge` was declared open following a religious ceremony attended by clergy. Senior armed forces officers and civil administrators were present. The bridge was struck by the LTTE twice during the Vadamarachchi operation.