The Phu My Bridge and the first segment of the East West Highway in Ho Chi Minh City will be thrown open to traffic following a ceremony on September 2, National Day, it was decided at a meeting chaired by standing deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh Tai.
|The Phu My Bridge linking HCMC’s Districts 2 and 7 will be open to traffic on September 2, allowing vehicles traveling to the Mekong Delta to bypass the city (Photo: Tuoi Tre)|
The ceremony to inaugurate the highway will be held at Nuoc Len Bridge in Binh Chanh District. Both that and a ceremony on the bridge will feature 15-minute fireworks displays.
Phu My Bridge spans the Sai Gon River connecting Districts 2 and 7 and cost VND2 trillion (US$114) to build.
Work on the 21.89km East West Highway began at the beginning of 2005. It comprises three parts: The first, the one to be opened, links Highway 1A with Calmette Bridge in District 1, the second is the Thu Thiem Tunnel beneath the Sai Gon River, and the third connects the tunnel with the Ha Noi Highway.
The highway, so named because it connects the city’s eastern and western parts, will allow vehicles traveling from Sai Gon Port to the Mekong Delta and southeastern provinces to bypass the city center.