|The Cam Kim Bridge on the Thu Bon River. — VNS Photo
HOI AN (VNS) — The ancient city inaugurated the Cam Kim Bridge on the Thu Bon River, a crucial connection for people living along the river banks and in Hoi An City, before Tet.
The VND32.5-billion (US$1.4 million) steel bridge, which was completed in five months, is for two-wheelers and is 3m wide and 620m long.
Residents of Cam Kim Village can now travel more easily, instead of crossing the river by boat for their daily activities.
The bridge will also allow eco-tours and tourists to explore craft villages and rural life along the Thu Bon River.
Chairman of the city's people's committee Nguyen Van Dung said the bridge was a dream of the local people for centuries as it would help the residents of Cam Kim, Kim Bong carpentry village and Duy Xuyen District to travel and avoid the risky ferry service.
Currently, hundreds of boats, which are modified fishing vessels, carry local residents, tourists and cargo between Hoi An and Duy Xuyen District. However, travel on these vessels is risky during the rainy and flood season between October and April.
Last year, the central Quang Nam Province also put into operation the VND3.4-trillion ($151 million) Cua Dai Bridge, connecting Hoi An with Duy Xuyen and Thang Binh districts.
Hoi An City hosted 2.1 million tourists last year, of which one million were foreigners. — VNS