HCMC – The vertical clearances of Binh Phuoc 1 Bridge on National Highway 1 and Binh Trieu 1 Bridge on National Highway 13 will be raised by seven meters to facilitate waterway transportation, reported the local media.
The projects to raise the vertical clearances of the two bridges have had their investment policies approved by the HCMC People’s Council and have been recently urged to be expedited by the HCMC People’s Committee.
Currently, the two bridges fail to meet vertical clearance standards for boats as per planning. Work on the projects will commence between 2023 and 2025. Accordingly, respective investments of VND111 billion and VND133 billion will be needed for raising the vertical clearance of Binh Phuoc 1 and Binh Trieu 1 bridges.
Binh Phuoc 1 Bridge, situated on National Highway 1, spans across the Saigon River and connects Thu Duc City and District 12. The bridge, with a length of 480 meters and a width of 11 meters, was opened for traffic in 2003. Currently, vehicles with large weights are banned from moving on the bridge after it was crashed into by a waterway vehicle in August 2022.
Binh Trieu 1 Bridge, spanning across the Saigon River to link Thu Duc City with Binh Thanh District, was built a long time ago. It was repaired and expanded in 2010. However, its vertical clearance of only 5.5 meters impedes passenger and cargo transport by waterway.