An investment of VNĐ5.5 trillion (US$247 million) is needed for construction of the proposed cable-stayed bridge Mỹ Thuận No 2, according to Project Management Unit No 7 (PMU 7).
About VNĐ5,251 billion of the total amount will come from Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance) loans, and the remaining from the Vietnamese government, which will pay compensation for site clearance of the project.
According to PMU7’s proposal, Mỹ Thuận Bridge No 2 will be built along 350 metres on the upper section of the existing cable-stayed Bridge Mỹ Thuận No 1, with total length of 6.81km and width of 25 metres. The completed bridge will have six lanes.
Mỹ Thuận Bridge No 2 is part of the HCM City – Trung Lương – Mỹ Thuận – Cần Thơ Expressway.The operation of big bridges in the region, including Cổ Chiên, Cao Lãnh, and Vàm Cống, will overload the existing cable-stayed Mỹ Thuận Bridge No. 1, causing traffic congestion, according to PMU7.
The proposal from PMU7 was sent to the Ministry of Transport last week, reports Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper.
Mỹ Thuận Bridge No 1 is a cable-stayed bridge over the Tiền Section of the Mekong River, connecting Cái Bè District of Tiền Giang Province with Vĩnh Long City in Vĩnh Long Province. Located 120km upstream of the river mouth on the Mekong Delta and 125km from HCM City, Mỹ Thuận Bridge No 1 was developed in a joint venture between the Australian and Vietnamese governments.It is the largest overseas assistance project undertaken by the Australian government, costing US$80 million. Construction was completed in 2000.
Source: Vietnam News
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