The construction of Rach Mieu 2, a US$226 million bridge crossing the Tien (Front) River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, was kick-started in Ben Tre Province on Tuesday.
The groundbreaking was organized by authorities in Ben Tre Province, in coordination with the Ministry of Transport and authorities in Tien Giang Province.
Rach Mieu 2 Bridge stretches 17.6 kilometers over the Tien River to connect Ben Tre and Tien Giang Provinces, according to Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Duy Lam.
It has six lanes and a designed speed of 80km per hour. The construction is expected to be complete in 2025.
The project costs more than VND5.175 trillion (US$226.3 million), which is funded by the central budget.
This is the second major bridge crossing the Tien River aside from Rach Mieu 1 Bridge, which was opened to traffic in 2009.
Rach Mieu 1 Bridge has been plagued by serious traffic jams over the past years, especially during major holidays.
|The groundbreaking of Rach Mieu 2 Bridge is organized in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam, March 29, 2022. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre
Rach Mieu 2 Bridge is located about 3.8 kilometers from Rach Mieu 1, starting at the intersection of National Highway No. 1 and Provincial Road No. 870 in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province and ending at National Highway No. 60 in Ben Tre City under Ben Tre Province.
This is a very important project as it contributes to the completion of the national road network and creates favorable conditions for travel, goods transport, and socio-economic development in Ben Tre and the Mekong Delta in general, Tran Ngoc Tam, chairman of the Ben Tre People’s Committee, said at the ceremony.
The new bridge will reduce traffic congestion and accidents as well as save travel costs as the distance between Ho Chi Minh City and multiple provinces in the Mekong Delta will be greatly shortened.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai highlighted the significance of the project in improving the transport infrastructure and socio-economic development in the Mekong Delta and the country.
He asked the Ministry of Transport to ensure the progress and the quality of the project, adding that appropriate construction solutions should be applied.