Long Bien Bridge in flooding season
Nguyen Vinh Phuc, a Hanoi researcher, said Long Bien Bridge has memories about war, evacuation, the period of a state-controlled economy, existence and familiarity with each person in Hanoi.
|Long Bien Bridge at sunset|
Each time trains slowly go through the bridge and a train-whistle resounds reminding people of the past, the period of
A project to restore
Between 2000 and 2001, the French government sent two groups of experts to
The idea to restore the bridge is to retain the cultural features and art, as well as helping to continue the life of the bridge as a witness of
French experts have suggested 20 percent of the bridge's parts should be replaced to restore the bridge to its original form.
The consultants have presented three solutions:
The bridge will continue to serve trains, bicycles and pedestrians, as it does at present.
The bridge will only serve buses, pedestrians and bicycles.
It will serve only pedestrians and non-motor vehicles like bicycles and cyclos.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai directed the Transport Engineering Design Corporation to cooperate with the French firms, Thales and Coyne et Bellier, to complete the feasibility study.
Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Viet Tien approved the project to repair the bridge as in two phases.
First phase: Repairing the bridge while still ensuring transport flow, retaining the middle lane for trains, while the side lanes are for pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes.
Accordingly, 53 percent of the bridge’s girders will be replaced, while bridge foundations will be strengthened to prevent erosion.
Second phase: Once an overhead rail track is built, the middle lane will be refurbished for pedestrians and bicycles, while the outer lanes will be opened for cars and motorbikes.
In the second phase, a major section of the bridge (around 200m) will be raised 3m to give clearance to river vessels during flood seasons.
|The Long Bien Bridge is also a place where couples like to take wedding photos|
The project will cost VND2,489 trillion ($142.8 million).
A festival, ‘
During the peak wedding season in