HCMC – The construction of the Rach Mieu 2 Bridge project, which will span over the Tien River and connect Tien Giang and Ben Tre provinces in the Mekong Delta, is slated to commence on January 17 next year, said an official of Ben Tre Province.
Speaking at an online meeting yesterday, October 1, on the development of the bridge project, Le Duc Tho, secretary of the Ben Tre Provincial Party Committee, said that the bridge project had received approval from the prime minister and the Transport Ministry. The project will cost a total of VND5.175 trillion, funded by the central State budget.
Ben Tre will act as the investor of an access road to the bridge, and use its own budget to finance the VND1.2 trillion road, reported Lao Dong newspaper.
The bridge project is slated for completion in 2025 and will be nearly four kilometers away from the existing Rach Mieu Bridge.
The current two-lane Rach Mieu Bridge was opened to traffic in January 2019 and has made a substantial contribution to the socioeconomic growth of Ben Tre as well as the whole delta. However, the narrow bridge is facing severe traffic congestion which forced Ben Tre to temporarily resume ferry services to ease the congestion while awaiting the construction of the Rach Mieu 2 Bridge.