|An artist’s model of a bridge between Mai Chí Thọ Street and Diamond Island in HCM City’s District 2 on which work began on Thursday. — Source vov.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Construction of a bridge between Mai Chí Thọ Street and Diamond Island in District 2 began in HCM City on Thursday.
The four-lane bridge over the Giồng Ông Tố River will be 291 metres long and 22 metres wide and cost VNĐ175 billion (US$7.7 million).
Scheduled to be completed in 11 months, it is expected to ease traffic on Đồng Văn Cống Street and areas around Cát Lái Port, Lê Ngọc Hùng, director of Urban Traffic Management Board No.2, the project manager, said.
The bridge is part of a larger project to develop transport infrastructure, including streets, along the Sài Gòn River.
The new streets will link up with existing ones in residential areas in the district.
The project will cost VNĐ493 billion ($21.6 million), with funding coming from both the city’s coffers and enterprises expected to benefit from it.
Speaking at the ground breaking for the bridge, Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, vice chairman of the city People’s Committee, instructed the transport department and other relevant agencies to closely monitor construction to ensure safety.
Describing it as an important project, he said it should be completed on schedule. — VNS