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Historic Long Bien Bridge to get modern companion

Update: August, 20/2014 - 08:56
The Party Committee of Ha Noi has decided to build a road-rail bridge spanning the Hong (Red) River just 75m from the existing and historic Long Bien bridge.— Photo Vnexpress

HA NOI (VNS) — The Party Committee of Ha Noi has decided to build a road-rail bridge spanning the Hong (Red) River just 75m from the existing and historic Long Bien bridge.

However, the committee has asked agencies to collect opinions on the proposal from the public and expert.

The new bridge will be used to carry the Ha Noi urban railway which extends to Sa Pa. According to authorities, this will enable the old Long Bien bridge to be preserved.

Earlier this year, the transport ministry came up with three plans to upgrade and preserve the Long Bien bridge.

The first was to build a new bridge on the same site as the old bridge, keeping the central part with the railway track intact and "removing other parts".

The second option was to build a new bridge with a design similar to the old one.

The third plan was to modernise the bridge, but retain parts of the central section and trusses.

The committee urged agencies to make sure that construction took into account waterway traffic, dyke safety, and architectural harmony with the existing Long Bien bridge and the whole area.

The 2,290-m Long Bien bridge was built between 1899 and 1902 by the French colonial authorities, and opened to traffic in 1903.

It was designed by a firm inspired by Gustave Eiffel, the architect who later designed the Eiffel Tower.

Once the only central bridge across the Red River connecting Ha Noi to the northern port city of Hai Phong, the bridge played a crucial role in many important events in the country's history, including bombings by the Americans in 1967. — VNS

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