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Work starts on new Red River bridge

Update: November, 26/2013 - 09:29
The six-span bridge, 298 metres long and 14 metres wide, is designed to withstand an earthquake up to a magnitude 7 on the Richter scale, according to officials.— File Photo

LAO CAI (VNS)— A ceremony was held yesterday in Lao Cai City to begin construction of the Giang Dong Bridge, the fourth to span the Red River in the region.

The six-span bridge, 298 metres long and 14 metres wide, is designed to withstand an earthquake up to a magnitude 7 on the Richter scale, according to officials.

The cost for the first phase of the project is VND167 billion ($7.9 million) and is expected to be finished within two years.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Lao Cai provincial People's Committee Nguyen Van Vinh said the project would not only help spur economic growth, but also ease traffic congestion. — VNS

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