|Nhị Thiên Đường Bridge No 1 in HCM City’s District 8 officially opened to traffic on October 19. — Photo tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The Nhị Thiên Đường No 1 Bridge in HCM City’s District 8 officially opened to traffic on Thursday, replacing one built in 1925.
The bridge is designed for one-way traffic from the city centre to District 8, while Nhị Thiên Đường No 2 Bridge is used for traffic headed in the opposite direction.
The three-lane bridge, which is 161m long and 12m wide, cost VNĐ163 billion (US$7.17 million). Construction began in January and finished three months earlier than scheduled.
“During construction, we tried to preserve elements of the old bridge’s beauty by placing its lamps and signs on the new one to commemorate its contribution to the development of HCM City,” Nguyễn Xuân Vinh, director of Urban Transport Management Authority No 4, said.
The two bridges, which connect districts 5, 8 and Bình Chánh, are among the city’s most important traffic construction works.
In recent years, traffic congestion has become worse in the areas around the bridges. — VNS