Vietnam has opened its longest-ever cross-river bridge, a 5,487m long structure that links Hanoi to Vinh Phuc Province in the north.
The Vinh Thinh bridge, which spans the Hong (Red) River and broke ground in December 2011, was officially opened to traffic seven months ahead of schedule at a completion ceremony on Sunday.
The event was attended by government representatives from South Korea and Vietnam, including the latter’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Total investment for the project is worth US$137 million, $100 million of which is from ODA loans granted by South Korea while the remaining is covered by the Vietnamese government.
The four-lane bridge creates a complete transportation network linking the capital center with the northwestern provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Tuyen Quang as it connects Highway No. 2C to Highway No. 32 and Highway No. 2, and links the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway and Ho Chi Minh Road.
It is also expected to help ease traffic congestion on Highways No. 2, 3, 6 and 32.
In his address at the ceremony, PM Dung said the Vinh Thinh Bridge is a dream of many generations of people in Hanoi and Vinh Phuc.
He also stressed that the bridge plays an important role in industrialization, modernization, social-economic development, and in ensuring security and defense for Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, and northwestern provinces.
The Vietnamese Premier also gave thanks to the South Korean government for offering ODA for the construction of the bridge.
Meanwhile, Choo Kyung-ho, a Korean Vice Minister of Strategy and Finance, said in a congratulatory speech at the ceremony yesterday that not only does the Vinh Thinh Bridge show the current status of the economic development partnership between Vietnam and Korea, but it will also be important momentum for their future bilateral relationship.