Authorities in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam have given the go-ahead for a project to build a bridge over the local Tam Giang Lagoon at a cost of more than VND1 trillion (US$42.4 million).
The bridge construction was one of multiple projects approved at the 12th sitting of the provincial People’s Council for the 2021-26 tenure on Thursday.
The 1.4-kilometer-long bridge project will connect Phu Da Town and Vinh Xuan Commune in Phu Vang District upon completion.
The project, whose capital will be sourced from the local budget, is scheduled to get off the ground in 2024.
The province will open the bridge to traffic in 2028, according to the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee’s proposal.
The traffic systems connecting Hue City and Phu Da Town with coastal communes mainly include aging and narrow roads, said a representative from the provincial administration.
The poor traffic connectivity between the western and eastern banks of the lagoon has slowed down the socio-economic growth of Vang District and coastal communes, particularly in terms of sea tourism development.
When in place, the bridge will not only help facilitate goods transport and traffic, but also shorten the travel distance between coastal communes, and the town and city.
Thua Thien-Hue Province currently has five bridges over the Tam Giang – Cau Hai lagoon system.
The lagoon system stretches 68 kilometers in Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Phu Vang and Phu Loc Districts, and Hue City.
This is the largest brackish lagoon system in Southeast Asia, news site VnExpress reported.