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HCMC restarts long-stalled Long Kieng bridge project

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The construction of the Long Kieng bridge project in HCMC has restarted after a two-decade suspension due to site clearance bottlenecks.

August 29 saw 103 local households affected by the VND557 billion bridge project, which is in Phuoc Kien Commune in the outlying district of Nha Be, relocated. Cleared land has been handed over to the Management Board for Transportation Works Construction and Investment Projects (TCIP) which recently pledged to complete the project by December 2023.

In 2001, the HCMC People’s Committee approved the 318-meter-long bridge project, with two roads leading to the bridge measuring 661 meters in length.

In August 2018, work on the project began and was expected to be completed in late November 2019, but site clearance obstacles have stalled the project until now.

TCIP director Luong Minh Phuc was quoted by Thanh Nien Online as saying today, August 30, that the city from now until the end of the year would witness a dramatic change in site clearance issues that have hindered many infrastructure and traffic projects.

The completion of site clearance for the Long Kieng bridge project is expected to mark a new milestone in the city’s efforts to remove site clearance hindrances.

For the rest of the year, the city is set to hand over cleared land to 10 projects to get off the ground early next year. They include Nam Ly and Tang Long bridges in Thu Duc City, Ten Lua and Tan Ky Tan Quy streets in Binh Tan District and the Vam Sat 2 Bridge in Can Gio.

Besides, TCIP along with the HCMC Transport Department and relevant units are accelerating procedures to break ground on the city’s three key projects, comprising the project to expand Tran Quoc Hoan Street linking with the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the An Phu T-junction and the National Highway 50 expansion project.

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