Binh Loi railway bridge opens to traffic today

17-Sep-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Trains can begin running on the newly built Binh Loi railway bridge spanning the Saigon River as of today, September 14, according to Project Management Unit No. 7 under the Ministry of Transport.

The railway bridge has a length of 1.3 kilometers, including approach roads, and a vertical clearance of seven meters, well above the former bridge’s 1.5 meters.

Also, beginning this month, the old Binh Loi railway bridge will be dismantled.

The new Binh Loi railway bridge will not only allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, but also assist waterway transport between HCM City and neighbouring provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong.

Project Management Unit No. 7 had earlier planned to put the new railway bridge into operation late last month, but the plan was delayed due to poor weather conditions.

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

The new Binh Loi railway bridge was built to replace the old one, which has been in operation for 110 years and has deteriorated significantly. The old bridge has low vertical clearance, so boats often became trapped under the bridge during high tide, threatening the safety of train traffic on the bridge.

The project to build a new Binh Loi railway bridge and dredge the water passage of the Saigon River from Binh Loi Bridge in HCM City to Ben Suc Port in Binh Duong Province was begun on April 28, 2015, at a cost of VND1.3 trillion. This is the first waterway project executed under the build-operate-transfer format in the south.

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