Construction Corporation No.1 (CC1) yesterday linked the main span of the long-awaited Thu Thiem Bridge connecting Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown area with the Thu Thiem peninsula in District 2, thirty-one months after the project began.
|An artist's impression of the Thu Thiem Bridge|
CC1 is in a hurry to finish off other parts of the bridge, like edges, surfacing, and railings, to open it to trial usage late December.
Work has entered the project’s second phase of building of roads leading to the bridge and connecting it to the East-West Highway.
The six-lane Thu Thiem Bridge is to cross the Said Gon River, link Ngo Tat To Street in Binh Thanh District with Luong Dinh Cua Street in District 2, be 700 meters long, 28 meters wide, and have a lifespan of 100 years. The main section of the bridge has five spans and is 370 meters long.
Construction cost of the project is about VND1.1 trillion (US$68.8 million), covered by HCMC urban development funds.
At the bridge-linking ceremony, HCMC People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan said the bridge will facilitate the socio-economic development of districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc and praised CC1 for keeping within the project’s planning schedule.
The bridge is expected to ease traffic congestion in the city's eastern area and reduce traffic flows on the existing Sai Gon Bridge.
It will also help promote cooperation between HCMC and the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Ba Ria – Vung Tau.
The Thu Thiem peninsula itself is to be developed into a new suburb of HCMC encompassing five wards in District 2 – An Khanh, Thu Thiem, An Loi Dong, Binh An and Binh Khanh – all to be equipped with the latest infrastructure and state-of-the-art technologies and connected to the city’s center by the Thu Thiem Bridge, an East-West Highway and a tunnel under the Sai Gon River, the latter two still under construction.