HCMC starts work on Saigon Bridge 2
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The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City last weekend broke ground on construction of the Saigon Bridge 2, which will connect the city’s Binh Thanh District and District 2.
The current Saigon Bridge is suffering heavy traffic pressure Photo: Tuoi Tre
The new bridge is expected to reduce traffic pressure on the current Saigon Bridge, which was built more than five decades ago, said city chairman Le Hoang Quan at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“The new bridge will also help increase traffic capacity at the city’s northeastern gateway, and aid in the eco-social development of HCMC and the key southern economic area,” said Quan.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai also attended the ceremony.
“HCMC has exerted huge effort to kick off the project, thus meeting the municipal resident’s desire for a new Saigon Bridge,” he said.
Le Vu Hoang, CEO of the HCMC Infrastructure Investment Company JSC (CII), the project’s main investor, said the six-lane Saigon Bridge 2 will have a total length of 1,450 meters and a width of 23.5 meters.
The new bridge will be built right next to the current one, said Hoang.
The bridge is designed to allow vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 80km per hour, and will be able to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 7.
The project will cost VND 1,486.5 billion (US$71.3 million), and is scheduled to reach completion after 21 months of construction.
Below are some photos at the groundbreaking ceremony, taken by Tuoi Tre: