Vietnam metro to replace 4 old bridges at $36.7 mln

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A temporary iron bridge being built next to Kieu Bridge connecting Districts 1 and Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City. Kieu is among four major bridges that are set to be replaced. / PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS

Four major bridges over canals in Ho Chi Minh City are set to be closed this month for the construction of replacements at a cost of US$36.7 million.

Bong connecting districts 1 and Binh Thanh, Kieu connecting districts 1 and Phu Nhuan, Le Van Sy connecting districts 3 and Phu Nhuan, and Hau Giang in District 6 will be shut down at the end of October.

Two four-meter-wide iron bridges will be built next to each for temporary use.

Vuong Hoang Thanh, deputy director of the city Urban Works Upgrade and Investment, said Tuesday that the new bridges would be built using funds left over from a World Bank loan for an urban upgrade project.

That project had begun in 2004 at a cost of $592.7 million, including $266.8 million from the bank.

Since the agreement for that loan is due to expire on December 31 next year, the bridges would be built very quickly and finished next October at the latest, Thanh said.

The old bridges are all over 50 years old and no longer totally safe, he said.


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