HCMC – The government of HCMC has asked the Department of Planning and Investment to map out a plan for launching a tender to choose an investor for the Thu Thiem 4 Bridge project, under the public-private partnership format, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Meanwhile, the Department of Planning and Architecture was assigned by city vice chairman Vo Van Hoan to work with the Department of Transport, the government of District 7 and consulting firms to ensure an optimized connection between the bridge and the Nguyen Van Linh-Huynh Tan Phat and Tan Thuan 2-Nguyen Van Linh intersections.
The department is also in charge of working with consulting firms to complete the selected designs for the bridge, such as the “Vietnamese bamboo” option.
The Thu Thiem 4 Bridge, which will connect District 7 and Thu Thiem Peninsula in District 2, is nearly 2.2 kilometers long and 28 meters wide, with six lanes and two pedestrian sidewalks. The cost is estimated at roughly VND5.2 trillion.
It is expected to be in service for up to 100 years, with the capacity to handle 7-magnitude earthquakes and vehicles driving across it at a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour. The bridge will have an iconic architectural design and become a highlight for the two districts.
It will cross the Saigon River and link to the Thu Thiem New Urban Area and is expected to ease traffic congestion between the city center and its southern districts, accelerating the growth of the urban area and the city’s socioeconomic development.
Under the city’s plan, five bridges and a tunnel will be built to connect Thu Thiem Urban Area with other parts of the city.
Among them, the Thu Thiem 1 Bridge and the Saigon River tunnel have been opened to traffic. Meanwhile, work on Thu Thiem 2 Bridge, requiring almost VND3.1 trillion in investment, began in 2015 but has not been completed due to site clearance obstacles in District 1.