Dong Thap Province begins construction of Cao Lanh Bridge

The Ministry of Transport, the Cuu Long Corporation for Investment, Development and Project Management of Infrastructure (Cuu Long CIPM) and the People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap on October 19 began construction of the Cao Lanh Bridge.

The bridge will help in improving the road traffic network, boost social and economic development and consolidate defense and security in the Mekong Delta region.

The two km Cao Lanh Bridge spanning the Tien River in the southern province of Dong Thap will connect Cao Lanh Town and Lap Vo District of Dong Thap Province. It will be 800 meters from Cao Lanh Ferry and 35 km from My Thuan Bridge. It will be built with non-refundable aid from the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the cost around VND3,038 billion (nearly US$144 million).

The bridge is designed with a central span of 350m and two side spans of 150m each. The total length of the bridge, including the approach viaducts will be more than 2,000 m.

The cable bridge will have H-shape towers 123.4 meters high, cast in situ concrete girder superstructure with a double-plane of cables in a semi-fan type configuration. It will have six lanes for traffic and expected to be complete within 43 months.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cao Lanh Bridge, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, expressed his thanks to the government of Australia and its people and ADB for funding the construction of the bridge.

Ninh asked the Ministry of Transport and the People’s Committee in Dong Thap Province and related agencies to conduct site clearance as well as give satisfactory compensation to local people, paying heed to their lives and timely resolution of their difficulties. The Deputy PM also ordered contractors to ensure safety during the construction and complete the work in time.

Senator Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, said at the groundbreaking ceremony that Australia will continue to fund projects to further Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

In related news, the Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre on October 19 inaugurated 10 cement bridges along Highway 883 from Chau Thanh District to Binh Dai District. Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Van Le, Provincial Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thanh Phong attended the event.

These projects are being constructed under the BT (Build-Transfer) form at a cost of VND763 billion ($36,178,283).

By Binh Dai, Hoang – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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