valaichena Bridge (Oddamavadi Bridge)
This is one of the two unique bridges built during the British occupation
of the country and is one of the few places where you can come face to
face with a train while driving a car. This is a Road-Rail Bridge
shared between both vehicles and trains. The train track runs on the
middle of this rather narrow bridge and vehicle traffic need to be stopped
for the train to pass.
The other such bridge in the country is in
north on the same road. If you travel to Batticaloa from
you will pass both these bridges on the way. But a new road bridge was
built for vehicular traffic in 2006. Therefore currently this is the
only operational road-rail bridge in the country. But a new road bridge
is already being being constructed right next to this and very soon even
this bridge would turn in to a rail bridge.
Created : November 14, 2009
November 14, 2009