|Design of the bridge. — Photo chinhphu.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ TĨNH — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc agreed to the construction of a VNĐ1trillion (US$45) million bridge connecting the central provinces of Hà Tĩnh and Nghệ An under a public-private partnership (PPP) project, according to the Government.
The proposed bridge will span the Lam River to connect the two neighbouring provinces. It will be 6.2km long, 1.2m wide and have four lanes as well as two walking corridors.
It will be the fourth bridge spanning the river to connect Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh. The bridge will continue the National Highway No. 8 in Hà Tĩnh’s Nghi Xuân District, which is part of Asia Highway AH15.
The bridge is expected to foster trade, tourism and economic cooperation between the provinces. It also contributes to traffic circulation in the northern central region as well as trade from Laos.
The PM agreed to transfer funds for an upgrade project on National Highway No. 1A to this bridge project.
Earlier in 2017, the Ministry of Transport proposed the project under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract at cost of VNĐ1.6 trillion. However, the ministry this year changed their proposal due to recent turmoil related to toll booths of BOT projects across the country. — VNS