PHU THO (VNS)— A ceremony to mark the placement of the last concrete box girder connecting the two spans of the Lo River Bridge, one of the two longest bridges on the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway, was held in the northern province of Phu Tho yesterday.
When complete, the highway will reduce the travel time from Ha Noi to Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province to just 4-5 hours. It now takes 10 hours to reach the northern province.
The RoK's Posco E&C Company is in charge of constructing the 833.5m bridge, which cost VND1.8 trillion (US$85.7 million) to build.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang asked authorities in the two provinces the bridge connects (Phu Tho and Vinh Phuc) to create favourable conditions for the investor and the contractor to clear the site and ensure that construction progresses in a timely fashion.
The 264-km highway will run through five cities and provinces: Ha Noi, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai. Construction is funded by the Viet Nam Expressway Investment and Development Company with loans from the Asian Development Bank and includes two phases with an estimated cost of nearly VND20 trillion ($1.24 billion) for the first phase.
The Lo River Bridge is one of eight components of the highway's first phase. The project also includes a second long bridge over the Hong (Red) River.
The highway is part of the Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor, a co-operation programme between six countries in the Greater Mekong sub-region. — VNS