Tan Nam Bridge, which connects border areas of Vietnam and Cambodia in the southern province of Tay Ninh, will open to traffic in July, helping facilitate the travel of people and goods.

Chairwoman of the Tay Ninh provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy revealed the opening date during her April 17 reception for the visiting Governor of Cambodia’s Prey Veng province, Has Saren.

Construction on the bridge, connecting Tay Ninh with Cambodia’s Prey Veng and Kampong Cham provinces, began on March last year with a total investment of 44.3 billion VND (2 million USD) sourced from the Vietnamese locality’s budget.

The whole project includes the bridge - 67 metres long and 8 metres wide - and a 1.5 kilometre section of road connecting the border belt.

Once operational, the bridge is expected to encourage cross-border trade between people along the border, contributing to the region’s economic development and cultural growth, as well as maintaining security and defence in the area.

At the meeting, the two sides’ leaders also agreed to propose to their governments about upgrading the Tan Nam-Mon Chey auxiliary border gate to international level in the future.-VNA