|The 700-metre Cai Lon Bridge spans the Cai Lon River in Chau Thanh District. It's expected to facilitate movement of transport in the region. — Photo kiembac.com
HCM CITY (VNS) — Cai Lon and Cai Be, two major bridges on the 6.3-kilometre Tac Cau Bypass, were opened to traffic in the Mekong province of Kien Giang on January 27.
The 700-metre Cai Lon Bridge spans the Cai Lon River in Chau Thanh District and the 630-metre Cai Be Bridge is over the Cai Be River in An Bien District. Both the three-lane bridges, built under the Southern Coastal Corridor Project, are 12 metres wide.
General Director of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Transport Infrastructure Development and Management Project, Duong Tuan Minh said the Ministry of Transport will hold the official inauguration of the two bridges on February 7, 2014.
He said the two bridges have been opened to traffic early to facilitate movement of transport in the region and to help people travel before Tet.
Earlier, people had to take Xeo Ro – Tac Cau ferries across the Cai Lon and the Cai Be rivers.
According to Cuu Long Co, the first phase of the Southern Coastal Corridor Project aims to construct 108.8 kilometres of the highway, comprising a new section of 81.6 kilometres and an upgraded section of 18.2 kilometres.
The construction of the Southern Coastal Corridor Project requires an investment of VND8,159 billion (US$398 million), with the capital coming from ODA loans provided by the Korean Government and the Asian Development Bank, non-refundable aid funds from the Australian Government and counter-capital from the Vietnamese Government.
The construction of the project started in May 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014. — VNS