LOTUS IN POSITION: Bangkok's Rama VIII bridge took a step nearer completion last month when the final 8m girder segment of the deck was lowered in to place, completing the structure. Work began assembling the 300m deck section in early July 2001 and was overseen by consultant Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick (Thailand) and bridge designer Buckland & Taylor. The cable stayed bridge, over the Chao Phraya river, is supported by a 161m high reinforced concrete pylon incorporating traditional Thai architectural features including a lotus bud at the top. When the bridge opens in four months' time it is hoped it will reduce congestion on the city's other river crossings. Main contractor is the China State Construction & Engineering Company.