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Binh Loi railway bridge to be opened to traffic in April
Monday,  2/11/2019, 14:24 

Binh Loi railway bridge to be opened to traffic in April

By Le Anh

The Binh Loi railway bridge project is under construction - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC - Binh Loi railway bridge spanning the Saigon River is expected to be opened to traffic on April 30, said Hoang Tuan Khoat, deputy director of the Project Management Unit No. 7 under the Ministry of Transport.

He noted that the contractor of the project had completed the installation of a vault for the bridge on the side in Binh Thanh District.

Roads leading to the bridge will be completed next month, while the existing bridge will be dismantled by June 30, Khoat added.

Binh Loi railway bridge, when in place, will have a vertical clearance of seven meters, up from the previous 1.5 meters, allowing larger boats to cross below. It will facilitate waterway transport between HCMC and the neighboring provinces of Binh Duong, Tay Ninh and Dong Nai and ease the pressure on roads.

Construction of new railway bridges has always faced many difficulties as the contractors have to build the bridge while ensuring railway and waterway traffic safety.

The current Binh Loi Bridge has been in operation for 110 years, so it has deteriorated significantly. Due to its low vertical clearance, boats often get trapped under the bridge during high tide, threatening the safety of train traffic on the bridge.

The new Binh Loi railway bridge, which is being built 12 meters away from the current one, will allow trains to travel at a speed of up to 100 kilometers per hour.

In addition to building Binh Loi railway bridge, the Ministry of Transport has dredged the water passage of a 71-kilometer section of the Saigon River from Binh Loi Bridge to Ben Suc Port in Binh Duong Province.

The project to build a new Binh Loi railway bridge and dredge the water passage of the Saigon River requires total investment of VND1.3 trillion (some US$56 million) and has been executed under the build-operate-transfer format.

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