A new bridge over the Red River in Hanoi that is set to become the widest in the country opened to traffic Sunday, news website VnExpress reported.
The 5.8km long Vinh Tuy Bridge connects the Long Bien and Hai Ba Trung districts. It is currently 19 meters wide but this will be expanded to 38 meters.
The VND3.6 trillion (US$184.8 million) project is one of seven bridges across the Red River.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and senior city officials attended the inaugural ceremony on Sunday. Speaking at the event, city chairman Pham The Thao said the new bridge will help ease traffic gridlocks and facilitate transport between Hanoi and other provinces in the Red River Delta.
It is estimated that the bridge will cut short the route from the city center to National Highway No.5 by three kilometers. The highway links Hanoi with two major industrial centers - the city of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh Province.