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Vietnam Breaks Ground on Country’s Highest Bridge in Saigon

Work on Phuoc Khanh Bridge began in Saigon last Saturday, which, once completed, will have the highest vertical clearance of any bridge in Vietnam.

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The bridge will connect Sagion’s Can Gio District with Dong Nai's Nhon Trach District and is a major component of a new branch of the 2,500km North-South Expressway that will link Long An and Dong Nai provinces, according to Thanh Nien.

Phuoc Khanh Bridge will have a 55-meter clearance and stretch 3.1km over the Long Tau River, a tributary of the Saigon River.

The 4-lane, 22-meter wide structure is scheduled to open in early 2019 at a cost of US$161 million, most of which will be covered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

While it will play a vital role in the country’s road infrastructure, the bridge will be of particular importance for the Ben Luc – Long Thanh Expressway that runs through the Mekong Delta’s major ports on the Saigon River. Though formally part of the North-South Expressway, this section will also link up with the Bien Hoa – Vung Tau Expressway to complete a southern beltway connecting Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Saigon, and Vung Tau.

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