The Thu Thiem 4 Bridge project across the Saigon River will require an estimated investment of over VND6 trillion (US$247 million) and will be developed as a vertical-lift bridge, according to the pre-feasibility report for the project that the Department of Transport in Ho Chi Minh City submitted to the municipal administration on Monday.
The main span of the bridge was designed to be vertically movable with a maximum vertical clearance of 45 meters, facilitating the passage of large ships on the Saigon River to the city’s downtown area.
The design has not been applied to any bridge in Vietnam.
Upon completion, the Thu Thiem 4 Bridge and approach roads will have a total length of 2.16 kilometers with six lanes.
The bridge alone will be over 1.6 kilometers long, according to the Department of Transport.
It is anticipated that the bridge will become a new symbol of the city, attracting tourists and creating favorable conditions for the operation of international wharves on the Saigon River.
This development is expected to have a positive impact on local socio-economic development.
|The main span of the bridge can be vertically lifted. Photo: PORTCOAST
The design of the Thu Thiem 4 Bridge is similar to the Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge spanning the Garonne River in France.
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, key traffic infrastructure projects in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, including four main roads and the technical infrastructure of a northern residential area, have been basically completed.
These projects are anticipated to be operational by 2025.
While the Thu Thiem New Urban Area is connected to District 1 and Binh Thanh District, it currently lacks direct links to District 4 and District 7.
Therefore, the city considers the Thu Thiem 4 Bridge project as a critical and urgent initiative requiring prioritized development.
|The planned site is part of the Thu Thiem 4 Bridge project in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Upon completion, the bridge is expected to alleviate traffic congestion on Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Tat Thanh Streets, the Khanh Hoi Bridge, as well as at the intersections of Huynh Tan Phat - Luu Trong Lu - Ben Nghe Streets and Huynh Tan Phat - Nguyen Van Linh.
The bridge will contribute to attracting investment, developing tourism, accelerating the completion of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, and developing the city’s economy, culture, and society.
The Thu Thiem 4 Bridge will start from Nguyen Van Linh Street in District 7 and end at Nguyen Co Thach Street in Thu Duc City.
|The project requires an estimated investment of over VND6 trillion ($247 million). Photo: PORTCOAST
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport proposed executing the project under the build-operate-transfer model, with 49.5 percent of the total required capital sourced from the state coffers.
The city planned to start work on the bridge in 2025 and complete it in 2028.
The proposed capital recovery period for the project is set at 18 years and eight months.