The Vinh Thinh Bridge connecting Hanoi and northwestern provinces opened for traffic on June 8.
Three major bridges, built with international funding, have been inaugurated over the weekend in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The Vinh Thinh Bridge was open to traffic on Sunday to connect Hanoi and northwestern provinces, becoming the longest cross-river bridge in Vietnam.
The 5.4 kilometer (3.36 mile) bridge lying across the Hong (Red) River links National Road 32 in Hanoi’s Son Tay District with National Road 2C in Vinh Phuc Province.
The four-lane bridge costs a total of US$137 million and is partly funded by South Korea’s official development assistance with Vietnam contributing the rest.
At the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the bridge plays an important role in socio-economic development and national security of Hanoi, Vinh Phuc and northwestern area..
Broken ground in 2011, the bridge was completed seven months ahead of schedule, superseding the Vinh Thinh ferry station.
On Saturday, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport also inaugurated the Bong and Hau Giang bridges to replace aging ones in the city’s center.
The Bong Bridge crosses the Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe Canal in District 1 and the Hau Giang lies across Tan Hoa Lo Gom Canal in District 6. Both bridges are located on major thoroughfares linking the city center to outlying districts.
Bong and Hau Giang are among four major bridges in the city’s center built before 1975 and had crumbled in recent years. The other two are Kieu and Le Van Sy bridges in District 3 and Phu Nhuan District respectively.
The four bridges were overhauled under a $40 million aid package funded by the World Bank.
The revamped Le Van Sy Bridge was open to traffic on April 30 while the Kieu Bridge is scheduled to complete next month.
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