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Ha Noi vows to preserve historic Long Bien Bridge

Update: February, 28/2014 - 08:35

Long Bien Bridge.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi will soon work with relevant ministries and agencies to collect ideas for the best plan to upgrade the Long Bien Bridge, the municipal People's Committee announced on Wednesday.

The upgrade must ensure the preservation of the 112-year old bridge's historical and cultural values, the committee's chief of the office, Nguyen Thinh Thanh, said.

The announcement came in response to recent public concern over the plan to build a railway bridge across the Hong (Red) River, which is related to the plans for the Long Bien Bridge.

The transport ministry had previously proposed three plans. The first was to build a new bridge exactly where the Long Bien Bridge stands, keeping the central part with the railway track intact and removing other parts of the bridge for conservation.

The second option was to build a new, modern bridge with a design similar to the old one, while the third was to modernise the bridge but retain parts of the central section and trusses.

The 2,290-metre Long Bien Bridge was built between 1899 and 1902 by the French, and it opened to traffic in 1903.

As it is the only bridge across the Red River that connects Ha Noi to the highway leading to the northern port city of Hai Phong, the bridge has played a crucial role in many important events in the country's history, including in the wars for independence.

These plans were proposed following the prime minister's direction and will continue to be discussed so that the best option is submitted to him for approval, Thanh noted. — VNS

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