A bridge that shaves 75 kilometers off the distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang will open to traffic this Saturday, August 29.
The My Loi Bridge spans the Vam Co River between Long An and Tien Giang provinces, and reduces the trip from HCMC to Tien Giang to a mere 25 kilometers.
The 2.6-kilometer, 12-meter-wide bridge cost VND1.44 trillion (US$63.8 million) and took 20 months to build.
The bridge is located on the National Highway No. 50 to connect Can Duoc District in Long An Province and Go Cong Town in Tien Giang Province.
Previously, the National Highway No. 50 could not cross over the Vam Co River. Drivers needed to have a ferry bring their vehicles to the other side.
Those who wanted to avoid that road-river-road route would have to take a detour along the National Highway No.1 and the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway, with a total length of 100 kilometers.
*Editor's note: The story was updated on August 28 to provide more details on the new bridge.