Long Bien Bridge would be a so-called “walking street” and the alluvial soil floodplain area of the Red River would become a natural park. This was raised at the seminar on the restoration of Long Bien Bridge, organised by the Vietnam Urban Planning Association last weekend.
Long Bien Bridge
Under a project on the “Improvement of Long Bien Bridge” and the planning of areas surrounding the bridge, a new Long Bien Bridge would be erected to serve railway transportation. Thus, the current Long Bien Bridge, which is over 100 years old, would be dismantled and architects wished to turn the bridge into an outdoor museum.
Accordingly, the bridge would be covered with glass and be elevated 3m higher in order to facilitate the circulation of boats. Cannons would be placed on the bridge to recall a magnanimous time of the country.
Notably, some streets located near two sides of the bridge would become green walking streets stretching about 4 kilometers. Hang Dau Water Tower is part of this street plan. It would be improved to be a museum of antiquities, where visitors could find out about ancient Vietnamese culture.
A contemporary art museum in the shape of a lotus would be built on an area of 2.5 hectares on the right bank of the Red River.
The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2020 at the cost of VND 4,860 billion.
Translated by Mai Huong