Rạch Miễu Bridge No 1 goes over the Tiền River in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bến Tre. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vũ
Viet Nam News
BẾN TRE — The Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit No 7 has finished an investment report on the proposed cable-stayed Rạch Miễu Bridge No 2 over the Tiền River in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta.
The bridge, which will link the provinces of Tiền Giang and Bến Tre, will cost around VNĐ3.5 trillion (US$160 million), be 16 metres wide and have four lanes.
Unit No 7 proposes to build it under the public-private partnership mode if official development assistance (ODA) funds are not available.
The bridge will actually consist of two sections: one of around 1.8 kilometres from Mỹ Tho City in Tiền Giang to the Thới Sơn sandbank, and the other of 600 metres from the sandbank to Bến Tre.
Rạch Miễu Bridge No 2 will be three kilometres upstream of Rạch Miễu Bridge No 1.
After the Cổ Chiên Bridge linking Trà Vinh and Bến Tre provinces was built in 2015, the number of vehicles going over Rạch Miễu Bridge No 1 to HCM City from Trà Vinh and neighbouring Vĩnh Long Province during holidays has increased sharply.
The Ministry of Transport has tasked Unit No 7 to also raise money to build the bridge. — VNS