HA TINH — An inauguration ceremony for the Ben Thuy Bridge No 2, which crosses the Lam River, was held in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday in the presence of Nguyen Sinh Hung, Chairman of the National Assembly.
The bridge will serve as an important link between the provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh.
It was built by the Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.4 (Cienco4). Construction started in early 2010 with a total cost of more than VND 1,250 billion (US$ 61million).
The bridge has four lanes for automobile vehicles and two lanes for rudimentary vehicles with a width of 25 meters.
The opening of the bridge is expected to lessen the burden on the Ben Thuy Bridge No 1, which is frequently overloaded.
The bridge will play a vital role in ensuring smooth traffic flow and promoting socio-economic development in the north-central region.
The same day, Cienco4 held a groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the National Road 1A – the portion to the south of Ben Thuy Bridge No 2.
The project is built in the form of build-operate and transfer (BOT) with an investment of about VND2,434 billion ($118.8 million). The project is expected to be completed in 24 months.
Addressing participants at the ceremony, NA Chairman Hung expressed his conviction that the bridge would help to improve the investment environment and accelerate the socio-economic development of Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.
"The widening and rehabilitation of National Road No 1, the portion running through Ha Tinh, will contribute to the completion of the country's main artery and in turn help in the course of nation-building and socio-economic development," Hung said. — VNS