The construction work of the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge will begin on February 3, according to Nguyen Huu Tin, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee.
|Thu Thiem bridge (Photo: VNA)|
The bridge is intended to connect the new urban area Thu Thiem, which is being developed, in District 2 to the downtown area in District 1.
The bridge and its approach roads, which are scheduled to complete in 2018, have a total length of 1,300m and six lanes for two-way traffic.
The main bridge spanning the Saigon River has a length of 877m with the main cable-stayed span stretching 440m.
The total cost is estimated at more than VND3.5 trillion (US$165 million), excluding the cost for compensation and land clearance.
The construction of the bridge is likely to force part of the Ba Son Shipyard to be relocated, Tin said, confirming that the construction would not disrupt the relocation.
The urban railway management unit is also asked to re-position the Exit at the Ba Son station servicing the city’s first metro line, to ensure that it will not be affected when the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge is open.