HCMC – Work started today, March 29, on Rach Mieu 2 Bridge over the Tien River, which links the Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang and Ben Tre.
The bridge project is nearly four kilometers away from the existing Rach Mieu Bridge. With a total length of 17.6 kilometers, it will start from the Dong Tam intersection in Chau Thanh District of Tien Giang to the National Highway 60 section passing through Ben Tre.
The main bridge spanning over the Tien River will be nearly two kilometers long, 21.5 meters wide and have four lanes. It will be designed for operation in 100 years. Another bridge spanning the My Tho River will have four lanes and measure 456 meters in length, while roads leading to the bridge will have four lanes for cars, two mixed lanes, and allow vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 80 kilometers.
The project also consists of four smaller bridges, namely Xoai Hot, Ba Lai, Tam Son, and Song Mai, with each being 20.5 meters wide. Around 62 hectares of land in Tien Giang and Ben Tre had been cleared to make room for the project.
This is the seventh bridge to span over the Tien River in the Mekong Delta, after Rach Mieu, Cao Lanh, My Thuan, My Thuan 2, Ham Luong, and Co Chien.
The Rach Mieu 2 Bridge project, once completed, would contribute to improving the regional traffic network, and reduce traffic on National Highway 60, especially the current two-lane Rach Mieu Bridge which is usually congested during holidays.