World's 7th longest bridge opens in Mekong Delta

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A 2,750-meter long bridge in the Mekong Delta become the world's seventh longest cable-stayed bridge when it opened Saturday morning.

 

Crossing the Hau River, the Can Tho Bridge is also Southeast Asia's longest suspension bridge with a main span of 550 meters.

 

The bridge links the city of Can Tho, the delta's commercial and industrial hub, withVinh Long Province, knocking more than 30 minutes off previous travel time. The two localities were only linked via ferry before the bridge was built.

 

The project began in September 2004 with a total investment capital of US$295 million, including ODA from the Japanese government and reciprocal capital form the Vietnamese government.

 

It was scheduled for completion on December 14, 2008, but was delayed for nine months after a section of the bridge collapsed during construction in September 2007. The accident killed 54 people and injured 80.

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