The newly-built Tan Phong bridge on 21B National Highway that crosses the Dao River in northern Nam Dinh province. (Source: VNA)

Nam Dinh (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh on January 9 cut the ribbon to inaugurate the 684-metre steel-reinforced concrete Tan Phong Bridge on 21B National Highway that crosses the Dao River in northern Nam Dinh province.

Speaking at the bridge’s opening ceremony, the Deputy PM highlighted the significance of infrastructure development, notably in terms of transportation, which would smooth ways for socio-economic growth.

Vietnam’s infrastructure has been upgraded by financial support from many partner countries, especially Japan who has provided official development assistance (ODA) for a project to improve the national road system, Ninh said.

Some 192 bridges in poor condition have been repaired and replaced thus far, he added.

The bridge would enhance capacity of Nam Dinh city’s belt road, fueling the socio-economic development of not only Nam Dinh province but also northern Vietnam, the official noted.

Ninh also thanked the Japanese Government, the Japanese Embassy to Vietnam and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their support to Vietnam in major transportation projects and hoped for their continued assistance in the furture.

The 12-metre-wide Tan Phong Bridge was constructed with a total investment of 463 billion VND (20.6 million USD) sourced from the State budget and Japan’s ODA.-VNA