TAY NINH (VNS)— Construction began yesterday on a bridge crossing an upstream section of the Vam Co Dong River that borders Cambodia.
The US$2.2-million friendship bridge will link the southern province of Tay Ninh with Cambodia's Prey Veng Province at the Tan Nam - Mean Chay border gate near the districts of Viet Nam's Tan Bien and Kamchay Mear of Cambodia.
The bridge, which is just 100km away from the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, as well as the approach road are expected to support border trade development.
At yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, chairwoman of Tay Ninh Province's People's Committee, said the road and bridge will facilitate trade between the people of both provinces, stimulating economic development and cultural exchanges.
They would also strengthening security and defence ties, she said.
The Tay Ninh administration decided last year to build the bridge at the 131st border landmark. The bridge is expected to open after 18 months of construction.
The province also plans to build a market that is located about 10km from the transnational bridge.
At the end of last year, the 27m-long Song Mang Bridge that links Viet Nam's Binh Phuoc Province and Cambodia's Mondulkiri Province officially opened to traffic. — VNS