The Vietnam Railways Corporation announced Monday it will start building eight railway bridges in June as part of a project to improve safety along the North-South railway route.
The $119 million project is aimed at restoring, upgrading and building more than 100 railway bridges and road crossings and a railway station.
Construction will be overseen by the Taisei-Mes-Cienco 1, a joint venture between Vietnamese and Japanese contractors.
The eight bridges are expected to be finished by 2013. The overall cost of these bridges is estimated at 4 billion Japanese yen (US$49 million).
Funding for the $119 million project was sourced from the Japanese government's loans and Vietnam's corresponding capital.
The Vietnam Railways Corporation said the project will shorten the distance between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.