|A new bridge linking Mai Chi Tho Highway with Thạnh Mỹ Lợi in HCM City’s District 2 has opened to traffic. It passes through Diamond, the only natural island in the city. VNS Photo|
HCM CITY — A bridge that passes through Diamond Island in HCM City’s District 2 to link Mai Chi Tho Highway with Thạnh Mỹ Lợi residential area was opened to traffic on Wednesday, according to the city Department of Transport.
The four-lane bridge is 300 metres long and 22 metres wide, cost VNĐ93 billion (US$4 million).
Nguyễn Mỹ Lợi, a resident of District 2, said: “I used to take 20 minutes to reach District 1 but thanks to this bridge now I take [only] 10 minutes. The bridge is wide and beautiful.”
The works included a 291m bridge over the Giồng Ông Tố River, planting of trees and a lighting system.
According to Lê Ngọc Hùng, director of the Urban Management Centre No.2, the bridge would ease traffic jams during rush hour in the Mỹ Thủy area.
Vehicles travelling from the Sài Gòn River Tunnel to Cát Lái port can now take this bridge.
Surrounded by the Sài Gòn and Giồng Ông Tố rivers and owned by Bình Thiên An company, Diamond is the only natural island in HCM City. — VNS