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Ferry service put into operation to ease congestion on major bridge in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Ferry service put into operation to ease congestion on major bridge in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11:13 GMT+7
Ferry service put into operation to ease congestion on major bridge in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
A bird’s-eye view of Rach Mieu Ferry, which connects Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Rach Mieu Ferry, which connects Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, was officially put to use on Wednesday morning to relieve traffic pressure on Rach Mieu Bridge.

The ferry, located about 10 kilometers from the bridge, links Provincial Highway No. 864 in Tien Giang with National Highway No. 57B in Ben Tre.

According to Tu Anh Nguyen, director of the Ben Tre Department of Transport, the agency has tasked the province’s center for ferry and bus station management to operate the Rach Mieu ferry service.

A ceremony is organized to inaugurate Rach Mieu ferry in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, January 27, 2021. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A ceremony is organized to inaugurate Rach Mieu Ferry in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, January 27, 2021. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

The ferry route is designed for all vehicles weighing less than 30 metric tons.

Pedestrians and motorcyclists are allowed to use the ferry service at no charge, Nguyen added.

The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has decided to transfer three ferries from the Tan Phu Ferry route, which connects Chau Thanh with Cho Lach Districts in Ben Tre Province, to Rach Mieu.

Rach Mieu ferry service is put into operation in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, January 27, 2021. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Rach Mieu ferry service is put into operation in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, January 27, 2021. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

The Ben Tre People’s Committee will work with its counterpart in Ho Chi Minh City in the coming time to receive one 200-metric-ton ferry and two 60-metric-ton ferries for the operations at Rach Mieu.

The project is aimed at relieving traffic pressure on Rach Mieu Bridge.

A bird’s-eye view of Rach Mieu ferry, which connects Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of Rach Mieu Ferry, which connects Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Stretching 2.86 kilometers over the Tien (Front) River, Rach Mieu Bridge was inaugurated in 2009 to replace the old Rach Mieu ferry service.

The bridge has been prone to congestion in recent years, especially during long holidays such as the Lunar New Year, as it is located along an essential route between Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.

Local authorities have decided to build the new Rach Mieu ferry to mitigate this pressure.

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