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Rach Mieu ferry service to open on Jan 27
By Trung Chanh
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Rach Mieu ferry service to open on Jan 27

By Trung Chanh

The Rach Mieu ferry terminal connecting the two Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Tien Giang will be put into service tomorrow, January 27 – PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

CAN THO – The Rach Mieu ferry service crossing the Tien River that links Tien Giang and Ben Tre provinces in the Mekong Delta will be officially put into operation on January 27 to help reduce congestion on the nearby Rach Mieu Bridge, especially during the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet.

The Rach Mieu ferry terminal is located 10 kilometers from the Rach Mieu Bridge and will connect Road No. 864 in Tien Giang Province and National Highway 57B in Ben Tre Province.

Tu Anh Nguyen, director of road projects maintenance and management at the Ben Tre Province Department of Transport, said the department has tasked the Ben Tre Bus Stations and Ferry Services Management Center with operating the Rach Mieu ferry terminal.

The ferry service allows vehicles with a load of less than 30 tons. It will offer free services for pedestrians and two-wheel vehicles. Fees for other vehicles will be the same as that of the Rach Mieu Bridge. In the early stage, three ferries will be operated to carry passengers across the Tien River.

“The main purpose for constructing and putting the Rach Mieu ferry service into operation is to reduce congestion on the Rach Mieu Bridge, not to make a profit,” Nguyen said.

The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has sent three ferries from the Tan Phu ferry terminal in Ben Tre Province to the Rach Mieu ferry terminal. “In the coming time, Ben Tre Province will work with HCMC to have one more 200-ton ferry and two more 60-ton ferries for the Rach Mieu ferry terminal,” Nguyen said.

Luong Van Dung, director of Phat Nguyen Construction and Investment Consultancy Company, which is in charge of building a part of the Rach Mieu ferry terminal in Tien Giang Province, said the terminal’s Tien Giang side is 95% complete and will be ready for operation on January 27.

“Major components such as the connecting road and the waiting station have been 95% complete. Other parts of the waiting station, the management center and barriers will be completed before Tet,” he said.

The Rach Mieu Bridge was opened to traffic in 2009, replacing the operation of the old Rach Mieu ferry terminal. However, several years later, the number of vehicles travelling on the bridge surged sharply, often leaving the bridge severely overloaded, especially during holidays.

The bridge was designed to serve a daily volume of 3,000-6,000 vehicles, but the number of vehicles using the bridge has soared to 18,000.

Given this situation, Ben Tre and Tien Giang provinces came up with a plan to build a second bridge crossing the Tien River to ease the traffic congestion.

While waiting for the Rach Mieu 2 Bridge project to be implemented, the two provinces decided to build the temporary Rach Mieu ferry terminal to cope with the traffic congestion facing the current Rach Mieu Bridge.

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