Vietnam Railways has proposed building nine new bridges to separate rail and road traffic in eight provinces across the country.
The state-owned corporation which operates and maintains the national railway network submitted the project proposal to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and related ministries about two weeks after a deadly train-truck collision in the southern province of Dong Nai during the Lunar New Year holidays.
The accident took place on February 8 when a northbound train approached the Ghenh Bridge and crashed into six cars stuck on it in a traffic jam. Two were killed on the spot, and 24 others were injured.
The new project, if approved, will be launched next year and completed in 2015.
According to VnExpress, in early 20th century, there were 30 bridges handling both rail and road traffic in the country, but over years many big bridges have been built to separate them.
Nine of the dual purpose bridges were not replaced because of a lack of funds, it said.