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Bridge between Saigon downtown and Thu Thiem opens to traffic

By Gia Minh   April 27, 2022 | 06:42 pm PT
Bridge between Saigon downtown and Thu Thiem opens to traffic
Thu Thiem 2 Bridge crosses the Saigon River to link District 1 and Thu Duc City, April 28, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Thu Thiem 2 Bridge over the Saigon River between District 1 and Thu Duc City opens to traffic Thursday.

The 1.5-km, six-lane bridge links downtown and the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, designated as the new financial and innovative hub of the city.

All vehicles except container trucks are allowed on it from 3 p.m. Thursday.

Constructed under the build-operate format, it cost VND3.1 trillion ($134.54 million), making it easily the most expensive of the city's numerous bridges.

Traffic police escort official cars to cross the Thu Thiem 2 bridge during the opening ceremony, April 28, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

Traffic police escort official cars to cross the Thu Thiem 2 bridge during the opening ceremony, April 28, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

HCMC has approved plans for a total of four bridges, besides the existing tunnel under the river, to connect the downtown area with Thu Thiem.

Thu Thiem 1 Bridge was completed in 2008 and the Thu Thiem Tunnel in 2011.

Thu Thiem 3 and 4 bridges will link Districts 4 and 7 and be built before 2030.

Thu Thiem 2 bridge ready for opening. Video by VnExpress/Tuan Viet, Duong Quang

 
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