|Construction site of the Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge connecting District 1 and 2 of HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HCM CITY — Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge which links District 1 and District 2 in HCM City is expected to open to traffic by early 2021.
The Đại Quang Minh Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company invested VND3 trillion (US$128.6 million) under the Build-Transfer (BT) method in the project.
The project’s important components have been completed and the bridge is expected to open technically at the end of the year.
The 1,465-metre bridge has six lanes. The 885.7-metre section is a cable-stayed bridge with one main tower shaped like a dragon with the height of 113 metres and leaning toward Thủ Thiêm area.
With an artful lighting design, the bridge is expected to be a significant architectural sight on the Sài Gòn River.
Construction is complete on the leading road in District 1 to the bridge, which has four lanes passing through the intersection of Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh and Lê Thánh Tôn streets and linking the intersection of Lê Duẩn and Tôn Đức Thắng streets.
One short branch of the bridge will be 195 metres long from Công Trường Mê Linh to Tôn Đức Thắng streets. It will link with the main bridge and go through the Thủ Thiêm new urban area.
The bridge’s second branch will be 192 metres long from District 2 to District 1. It will link up with Tôn Đức Thắng Street in front of the intersection of Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh and Lê Thánh Tôn streets.
The leading road in District 2 will link to the boulevard in the Thủ Thiêm new urban area.
Construction on the two branches has not started because of problems in ground clearance. The city is focusing on addressing these problems to ensure that the bridge can open to traffic in early 2021. The bridge’s construction began in 2015, but has been faced many setbacks.
The bridge will improve travel from District 2 to District 1. It is one of the city’s many main traffic infrastructure works to be completed this year.
The value of real estate between the two districts, especially in the Thủ Thiêm urban area, is expected to rise after the bridge opens. — VNS