HA NOI (VNS) — Work beganon Sunday on the construction of a 3.5km-long road to Bac Luan II bridge, connecting Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai city with the Chinese Guangxi Province's Dongxing city.
The approach road will have six lanes, including four lanes for motorised vehicles, and will have a speed limit of 80km/hour. It has a total investment of more than VND930 billion (US$43.7 million) and will be built within 12 months on a build-operate-transfer basis.
The construction of Bac Luan II began in November last year, and the bridge is expected become operational in October this year.
The Bac Luan II bridge is 618m long and 27.7m wide, and is about 3.2km from the current Bac Luan bridge.
The Bac Luan II bridge project was proposed in 2006 and approved by the Vietnamese and Chinese governments in March 2012, after 11 rounds of official talks between the two sides.
The bridge will be jointly built and owned by the two countries. Viet Nam has invested more than VND335 billion (US$15.74 million) in the project.
Once complete, the Bac Luan II, together with the future Ha Long-Mong Cai expressway, will play an important role in transportation and trade exchange between the two countries, especially for the key northern economic zones, said Do Thong, Vice Chairman of Quang Ninh Province's People's Committee.
"The construction of Bac Luan II bridge is part of the two countries common initiative of two corridors, one economic belt co-operation, and also serves as a gateway for ASEAN and China," he told Vnexpress online newspaper. — VNS