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Work starts on new bridge

Update: February, 07/2015 - 12:00

An important new bridge is to be built over the Bach Dang River.

It will join two important, big roads.

In the future, it will be easier and quicker for people to travel between certain cities.

It will also become easier for business and development to come to northern areas of Viet Nam.

The bridge links the Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway to the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Highway.
The bridge links the Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway to the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Highway.

QUANG NINH (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on January 25 broke ground on the construction of Bach Dang Bridge and its connecting road.

The bridge will link the Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway to the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Highway.

It will stretch over the Bach Dang River and cost VND7.6 trillion (more than US$357.2 million) under the build-operate-transfer model.

Quang Ninh Province People's Committee is the project's main investor, and it will be built by Japanese group SE in co-ordination with the Bach Dang Bridge BOT Joint Stock Company and other local subcontractors.

The bridge will be over three kilometres long and 25 metres wide, with four lanes allowing speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

The bridge is one of the two main components of the Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway project. The other component, the 19.5km highway, broke ground in September 2014. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Once operational, it will contribute to completing a route connecting the key northern economic triangle, Ha Noi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh. The project is also expected to increase investment in Quang Ninh, contributing to socio-economic development.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy PM Hai praised the efforts made by the Party, Government and people of Quang Ninh to clear hurdles for this project.

He asked investors to co-ordinate closely with Quang Ninh and Hai Phong authorities to accelerate construction and ensure the quality and efficiency of the work.

The Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway will reduce the distance from Quang Ninh to Ha Noi from 180km to about 130km, and make it easier for tours from the northern region to visit Ha Long Bay. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday broke ground on the construction of Bach Dang Bridge and its connecting road.

To break ground means to hold a ceremony where the first piece of soil is dug out for a construction project.

Quang Ninh Province People's Committee is the project's main investor, and it will be built by Japanese group SE in co-ordination with the Bach Dang Bridge BOT Joint Stock Company and other local subcontractors.

An investor is someone who puts money into a project in the hope that it will one day make more money.

When two companies do a project in co-ordination with one another, they work together as one.

If one company signs a deal to do a big job as a contractor, it may give some of the jobs to other, usually smaller companies. These are subcontractors that work under the contractor. Words in English that begin with "sub-" usually means something to do with "under".

The bridge is one of the two main components of the Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway project.

Components of the project are parts of it.

Once operational, it will contribute to completing a route connecting the key northern economic triangle, Ha Noi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh.

An economic triangle is an area where lots of business happens that is shaped like a triangle.

The project is also expected to increase investment in Quang Ninh, contributing to socio-economic development.

Socio-economic development is development that is linked to developing people as well as the business world.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy PM Hai praised the efforts made by the Party, Government and people of Quang Ninh to clear hurdles for this project.

Hurdles are difficulties that people have had to conquer to make the project possible. They need to do this in much the same way track athletes have to jump over barriers called hurdles in hurdle races.

He asked investors to co-ordinate closely with Quang Ninh and Hai Phong authorities to accelerate construction and ensure the quality and efficiency of the work.

To accelerate construction means to make it happen faster.

The Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway will reduce the distance from Quang Ninh to Ha Noi from 180km to about 130km, and make it easier for tours from the northern region to visit Ha Long Bay.

If a new highway reduces the distance between two cities, it makes it shorter.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      SE is a company from an island country in Far East Asia.

2.      The Bach Dang Bridge will be over 25 kilometres long.

3.      Today, Quang Ninh to Ha Noi are 180 kilometres apart by road.

4.      Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway and Ha Noi-Hai Phong are both names of highways.

5.      The Ha Long-Hai Phong Highway project is expected to be finished next year.

 

ANSWERS:

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1. True; 2. False; 3. True; 4. True; 5. True.

 

 

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