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Fancy bridge on its way

Update: July, 25/2015 - 12:00

There is going to be a fancy new bridge in Viet Nam.

Parts of it will be held together by long cables.

The bridge will be so big that ships will be able to pass under it.

They will be on their way to the harbour in Ho Chi Minh City.

The blueprint for Phuoc Khanh Bridge.
The blueprint for Phuoc Khanh Bridge. - Photo dantri.com.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam Expressway Company (VEC) held a ceremony on Saturday marking the start of construction on the Phuoc Khanh cable-stayed bridge over Long Tau River in HCM City's Can Gio District.

Phuoc Khanh Bridge will be 3.18 km long, including the cable-stayed bridge connecting HCM City's Can Gio District and Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province and its viaducts, according to VEC Deputy Director General Pham Hong Quang.

The new cable-stayed bridge will be 21.75 m wide with four lanes, costing VND3.5 trillion (US$160 million). It was designed for vehicles traveling at 80kph in its first phase and 100kph after construction is complete, Quang said.

With a vertical clearance of 55 metres – the highest vertical bridge clearance in Viet Nam - Phuoc Khanh Cable-stayed Bridge was designed to allow large vessels through to dock in HCM City.

The contractors are Japanese firm Sumitomo Mitsui Construction and its local partner Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (Cienco 4).

The new bridge, which is a key component of the Ben Luc - Long Thanh Expressway project, is scheduled for completion in three and a half years.

The Ben Luc - Long Thanh Expressway will be 57.1km, running Ben Luc and Can Giuoc districts in Long An Province; HCM City's Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio districts; and Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai Province.

The first phase of the expressway project requires investments of about VND31.3 trillion ($1.6 billion), including loans of $636 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and $635 million from the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The Vietnamese Government will also provide $337 million in counter capital.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Dong said the new bridge would boost socio-economic development in the Southern Key Economic Zone.

He asked municipal and provincial authorities in HCM City, Long An and Dong Nai to speed up site clearance so the construction could stay on schedule. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Viet Nam Expressway Company (VEC) held a ceremony on Saturday marking the start of construction on the Phuoc Khanh cable-stayed bridge over Long Tau River in HCM City's Can Gio District.

Cables are ropes made from lots of metal wires. Stays are wires, cables or ropes that are tied between something tall and long, like a pole, and the ground. A cable-stayed bridge is one that has structures that use cables as stays.

Phuoc Khanh Bridge will be 3.18 km long, including the cable-stayed bridge connecting HCM City's Can Gio District and Nhon Trach District in Dong Nai Province and its viaducts, according to VEC Deputy Director General Pham Hong Quang.

A viaduct is the part of a bridge along which vehicles, or trains, or pedestrians, travel across a valley or other low ground. It may be supported by pillars or arches.

With a vertical clearance of 55 metres – the highest vertical bridge clearance in Viet Nam - Phuoc Khanh Cable-stayed Bridge was designed to allow large vessels through to dock in HCM City.

Vertical means from the ground upwards, or from the sky downwards. The opposite of vertical is horizontal, which is from left to right, or right to left.

A vessel is a boat.

When a boat docks, it parks in a harbour like a car parks in a parking area.

The contractors are Japanese firm Sumitomo Mitsui Construction and its local partner Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (Cienco 4).

Contractors are people who do jobs such as building harbours, bridges, airports, buildings and other infrastructure.

The new bridge, which is a key component of the Ben Luc - Long Thanh Expressway project, is scheduled for completion in three and a half years.

A key component is an important part.

If something is scheduled for completion in three years, it is planned to be finished in three years.

The first phase of the expressway project requires investments of about VND31.3 trillion ($1.6 billion), including loans of $636 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and $635 million from the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Investments are projects that have money put into them in the hope of their making more money.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Dong said the new bridge would boost socio-economic development in the Southern Focal Economic Zone.

A ceremony to mark the beginning of a project is called the groundbreaking ceremony. It usually involves the first bit of earth being moved before the big building work takes place.

Boost means improve.

Socio-economic development means the development of people and business.

He asked municipal and provincial authorities in HCM City, Long An and Dong Nai to speed up site clearance so the construction could stay on schedule.

Municipal authorities are those in charge of a city; provincial authorities are those in charge of a province.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1. Japan has absolutely nothing to do with the building of the Phuoc Khanh Bridge.

2. ADB stands for Afghanistan Development Bank.

3. An area of Ho Chi Minh City has the Long Tau River passing through it.

4. The Phuoc Khanh Bridge Ben Luc - Long Thanh Expressway is part of the Phuoc Khanh Bridge.

5. Cienco 4 is a local Viet Nam company.

ANSWERS:

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

 

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