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Can Tho seeks to build new bridge to Dong Thap

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The government of Can Tho City has written to the ministries of Planning-Investment and Finance proposing building O Mon bridge over the Hau river to connect the city with Dong Thap Province.

The proposed O Mon bridge project will have a total length of 5.4 kilometers including the access roads, starting at the intersection with National Highway 54 in Dong Thap Province and ending at the interchange with Provincial Road 920 in Can Tho City’s O Mon District. The bridge is proposed to have six lanes and allow a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

The project will require over VND9.1 trillion in investment, with nearly VND6 trillion for construction and VND290 billion for compensation and resettlement, the local media reported.

The municipal government proposed using some VND7.3 trillion from Japan’s official development assistance loans and over VND1.9 trillion from the local budget and other sources for the project.

The province also proposed executing the project in the 2023-2030 period.

O Mon bridge, coupled with a road connecting O Mon District and Thoi Lai District in Can Tho City with Giong Rieng District in Kien Giang Province and a route linking O Mon and Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province, will form a regional route and boost socio-economic development in the Mekong Delta region, according to the municipal government.

Can Tho City has two bridges over the Hau river. Can Tho bridge connects the city with Vinh Long while Vam Cong bridge links the city with Dong Thap.

However, the city government said that a distance of 50 kilometers between the two bridges is not convenient for regional connectivity. Besides, the longer travel time for vehicles increases greenhouse gas emissions, leading to climate change.

As such, the O Mon bridge project will create a safe and effective route, reducing environmental pollution and traffic accidents, the Can Tho government said in its dispatch sent to the ministries.

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