HCMC – Work on the Can Gio bridge project connecting HCMC’s two outlying districts of Nha Be and Can Gio is set to begin at the end of the first quarter of 2022.
Bui Hoa An, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Transport, said that if the site clearance process goes well, a tender will be opened in early 2022 to select investors for the project.
The bridge is slated for completion in late 2025 or early 2026, An told a meeting between HCMC Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan and the National Assembly deputies of HCMC along with the voters of Can Gio District on June 22.
In March last year, the HCMC government chose a design for the Can Gio bridge project in which the cable-stayed bridge would be supported by a pillar shaped like a mangrove tree, a typical type of plant in Can Gio, in addition to other pillars.
Apart from this, the bridge railing would take the shape of waves.
The 3.4-kilometer bridge, which is designed to have four lanes, is expected to replace the Binh Khanh ferry effectively when it is put into operation. The project requires an estimated investment of some VND5.3 trillion.
Can Gio Bridge will start at the intersection between Street 15B and Street No. 2 in Nha Be District’s Phu Xuan urban area and connect with Rung Sac, 1.8 kilometers south of the Binh Khanh ferry in Binh Khanh Commune, Can Gio District.
The project was initially expected to be executed under either the build-operate-transfer or the build-transfer format, so work on the project would start in September or October 2021.
However, at the ninth sitting in June, the National Assembly passed the Law on Public Private Partnership Investment and eliminated the BT format. As such, it will take the city six more months to adjust the investment plan for the project.