Thang Long Bridge reopens to traffic (16:35 08/01/2021)


HNP - The Ministry of Transport held a ceremony on January 7 to re-open the Thang Long Bridge for traffic after five months of repair. 


Thang Long Bridge has officially re-opened for traffic.


The event was attended by member of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung; PCC member and Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The; PCC member and Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh; and Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Duong Duc Tuan. 

 

Addressing the ceremony, Nguyen Van Huyen, Head of the ministry’s Directorate for Roads of Vietnam (DRVN), said the surface of Thang Long Bridge’s upper deck was badly damaged.
 
The DRVN has conducted two major repairs in 2009 and from 2012 to 2014, however, cracks and depressions on the surface of the bridge have consistently appeared, causing serious impacts to traffic flows.
 
According to the inspection results, the main cause of damage was due to the thin structure of the deck compared to the requirements, the poor adhesion of the asphalt concrete layer on the bridge surface, causing cracks and depressions on the surface. 
 
Since August 16, 2020, the bridge have undergone the repair project, with the total investment of VND270 billion (US$11.73 million). 
 
Huyen stressed that the completion of the repair project of Thang Long Bridge would help promote the operational efficiency of the entire ring road No3 of the city, connecting the inner city and Noi Bai International Airport and other provinces nationwide. 
 
It would make great contribution to reducing traffic congestion in the gateway routes of Hanoi, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year.
 
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung highlighted the important role of the project which has been completed in the early days of 2021, contributing to the development of a synchronous infrastructure system, as well as creating strategic breakthroughs that the Party has identified in the period of industrialization - modernization to turn Vietnam into a high-income country by 2045.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung speaks at the ceremony.
 
He said, in the time to come, the Ministry of Transport would work with the capital city to complete a plan on the development of urban areas along Red River and the building of new bridges crossing the river. Under the plan, Hanoi will build 11 bridges and tunnels across the Red River.
 
In order to ensure the work’s efficiency, the Deputy PM asked the DRVN in collaboration with the city’s authorities and relevant forces to control trucks crossing the bridge to make sure that loads would not exceed the regulations.
 
Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh described the Thang Long Bridge as one of the arterial roads connecting the inner city and Noi Bai International Airport and the northern provinces, while underscoring the necessity to repair the bridge. 
 
Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh addesses the event.
 
He took the occasion to require the city’s Department of Transport, Division of Traffic Police and district-level authorities to coordinate with the DRVN in improving the operational efficiency of the bridge.
 
Thang Long Bridge was constructed from 1974 to 1985. It was the only road connecting Hanoi’s city centre to the Noi Bai International Airport until Nhat Tan Bridge was inaugurated in 2015.
 
The bridge has two levels, with the upper deck reserved for cars and trucks while the lower deck is for motorbikes, bicycles and trains.

By Tran Huong


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