Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Cua Hoi Bridge connecting the north-central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh on Sunday.
Construction began on the Cua Hoi Bridge spanning the Lam River and connecting Cua Lo Town in Nghe An with Nghi Xuan District in Ha Tinh on February 12, 2019, at a cost of VND950 billion (US$41.24 million), including VND450 billion ($19.54 million) worth of government bonds and VND500 billion ($21.71 million) from the two provinces' budgets.
The project has a total length of more than 5.2km, with the 1.7km main bridge of 18.5m wide and the auxiliary road of 16m wide.
The main span of the bridge is built with a balanced cantilever structure.
After nearly three years of construction, the Cua Hoi Bridge was put into temporary operation for over a month since February 6, allowing the circulation of rudimentary vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, cars under 15 seats, and trucks under 1.5 metric tons.
|Vehicles travel on the Cua Hoi Bridge connecting Nghe An and Ha Tinh Provinces after its inauguration ceremony, March 14, 2021. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre|
Now totally completed, the newly-built bridge has officially opened to traffic following its inauguration ceremony attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Sunday morning.
It is the third bridge spanning the Lam River and connecting Nghe An and Ha Tinh after the Ben Thuy 1 and Ben Thuy 2 Bridges.
Speaking at Sunday’s inauguration event, Nghe An chairman Nguyen Duc Trung said that people on both banks of the Lam River had desired such a bridge for generations.
“The Cua Hoi Bridge project, once put to use, will contribute to improving the traffic system between the two banks of the Lam River, reducing the number of vehicles traveling on National Highway 1, and gradually completing the infrastructure system in the north-central region,” Trung said.
According to Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, who also attended Sunday's ceremony, the ministry will launch research for the construction of more bridges crossing the Lam River to create development breakthroughs in the region.