Vietnam's widest bridge opened to traffic
09:44 | 03/02/2007
VNGOVNet – On February 2, Vietnam's broadest pre-stressed concrete bridge spanning the Red River - the Thanh Tri Bridget - was opened to traffic by PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and National Assembly Chairman Nguyễn Phú Trọng.


PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and NA Chairman Nguyễn Phú Trọng at the opening ceremony - Photo: Nhandan online

Addressing the opening ceremony, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng said that the inauguration of the Thanh Trì Bridge is a landmark event, significant in that it is a costly and hi-tech bridge meant to ease traffic into Hanoi downtown, facilitate the city's urban sprawling and help to boost socio-economic development in the northern provinces. The PM vividly described the bridge as a beautiful symbol of the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership.

He asked the Ministry of Transport, Hanoi government and contractors to finish the remaining items for the bridge's full completion soon.

The PM took this occasion to express his gratitude to the precious support that the Japanese people and Government has given to Vietnam over the past years, especially their ODA funds for traffic projects, including the Thanh Trì Bridge.

The Thanh Trì Bridge has one end beginning in Sài Đồng Town, Gia Lâm District (the intersection with National Highway 5). It runs a total length of 12.8km with the main span (Bidding Package 1) being 3,084m long and 33.1m wide. The bridge is expected to ease traffic pressure on the Chương Dương Bridge upstream by diverting traffic flows therefrom, especially lorries when moving into town./.

By Xuân Hồng

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