|A model of the proposed new Tân Kỳ Tân Quý Bridge in HCM City’s Tân Bình District to replace the congested and damaged existing one. – Photo tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Committee has approved construction of a new Tân Kỳ Tân Quý Bridge and upgrade the An Sương – An Lạc section of National Highway No. 1 in Bình Tân District.
The new, four-lane bridge will be 82.9 metres long and 16 metres wide, and have a 1.5-metre pavement and stairs on either side.
It can be used by vehicles of over 30 tonnes, an improvement over the original bridge’s capacity of five tonnes.
The People’s Committee has awarded the contract to the Infrastructure Development Investment Joint Stock Company (IDICO).
It is expected to cost over VNĐ312 billion (US$13.73 million) to build the bridge and two temporary iron bridges for vehicles of less than 10 tonnes, which were built last September.
It will be done on a build - operate - transfer basis.
Nguyễn Hồng Ninh, director of IDICO, said construction would begin in the fourth quarter of this year and finish in 2018.
Vehicles have been banned on the existing Tân Kỳ Tân Quý Bridge since the collapse of an abutment pier following excessive rain a year ago.
The bridge had always been congested due to its small size. — VNS