The Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department has set up a project to build a railway bridge over the Saigon River to replace the current Binh Loi bridge that was built 112 years ago.
In a relevant report to the city People’s Committee, the department said it is collecting opinions from other competent agencies about the project that will cost about VND1,000 billion (US$47 million).
The project had previously been expected to break ground this month and to be completed within 15 months.
The new railway facility is a section of the railway system that connects Trang Bom District in the southern Dong Nai province to the Hoa Hung railway station in Ho Chi Minh City.
The new bridge will be 521.2 meters long and will run parallel with and will be 90 meters apart from the existing Binh Loi Bridge on Pham Van Dong Street, which links Binh Thanh and Thu Duc districts.
The current railway bridge, which was built in 1902, has seriously been deteriorated, the department said.
In addition, its vertical clearance height is only 1.8 meters, so boats often get stuck under the bridge when there are high tides.
Therefore, the city authorities have proposed the Ministry of Transport to give priority to the project to build a new bridge to replace the current structure.