|Construction began yesterday on a new bridge that will replace the 113-year-old Ghềnh Railway Bridge in the southern province of Đồng Nai, which collapsed last month after being hit by a barge.— Photo zing.vn|
HCM CITY — Construction began yesterday on a new bridge that will replace the 113-year-old Ghềnh Railway Bridge in the southern province of Đồng Nai, which collapsed last month after being hit by a barge.
The new bridge with a cost of VNĐ298.5 billion (US$13.4 million) is expected to be completed by mid July.
The funds for the bridge will be allocated from the central government budget for 2016.
The new bridge will have three spans of 75m each, with navigation height of seven metres, three metres higher than the old bridge.
The project will also include an expansion of a road (2.4 metres) at the two ends of the bridge, as well as an information system, signal system, and electricity and water pipe system.
Site clearance at the two ends of the bridge is ongoing.
The Ghềnh Railway Bridge, a key bridge on the North-South railway line, collapsed on March 20 after a barge crashed into its pillar, causing motorbikes and drivers as well as passengers to fall into the river.
The collision sent the middle span and three bridge pillars tumbling into the water. The barge capsized.
Since the bridge is on the North-South railway route, railway services have been seriously affected.
Trains running on the route now have to stop at Biên Hòa Station in Đồng Nai Province.
The Ghềnh Railway Bridge was built by the French more than a century ago and was used by both trains and vehicles. — VNS