Ho Chi Minh City is asking for permission to build a new bridge and make it easier to travel to the neighboring industrial hub Dong Nai.
In its proposal sent to the government, the city said a construction company plans to invest VND5.7 trillion (US$255.6 million) on a suspended bridge across the Dong Nai River that will link HCMC’s District 2 and Dong Nai’s Nhon Trach District.
More than a fifth of the cost is for site clearance and compensation. The project has received support from Dong Nai's government.
The four-kilometer bridge will serve cargo transport between HCMC’s Cat Lai Port and industrial parks in Dong Nai, the proposal said.
It will also give travelers a new option. Ferryboats shuttling between HCMC and Dong Nai remain a popular means of transport. The boats serve more than 45,000 vehicles daily and the number can double on holidays.
There is also an expressway but many still prefer the ferries to save time.