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Saigon Bridge 2 Set to Open in November

If your commute takes you over the Saigon Bridge, you may have noticed a massive concrete frame rising next to it. This is Saigon Bridge 2 which, when completed, will ease congestion on Highway 1.

Based on its current pace, the bridge should open in November this year.

Duong Quang Chau, director of Saigon Bridge Construction JSC, a subsidiary of CII, told reporters that the new bridge is 60% complete and is ahead of schedule, “With the present tempo, the bridge will be accomplished at the end of November well ahead of schedule.”

Construction of the bridge began in April 2012, with a VND1.49 trillion budget, most of which is funded by corporate bonds.

Saigon Bridge 2 will act as conduit to the northeast part of the city and should releave chronic traffic.

In addition to Saigon Bridge 2, CII is working to expand the Hanoi Highway and Provincial Road 25B which leads to Cat Lai Port in District 2.

Based on the rendering above, it looks like the current Saigon Bridge will be converted for rail use.

[Saigon Times]

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