The Ministry of Transport officially commenced the construction work on three new bridges located at northern Ha Giang and Lao Cai provinces after a ceremony held on December 21.

Nguyen Hong Truong, Deputy Minister of Transport, said the bridge project has a total investment of 220 billion VND (10.3 million USD), including an official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, he added.

Accordingly, Coc Pai and Suoi Do bridges, which are 340 meters and 128.5 meters in length, respectively, lie in Xin Man district, Ha Giang province, while 180.25-meter-long Son Hai bridge will be located in Bao Thang district, Lao Cai province.

Tran Duc Quy, Vice Chairman of the Ha Giang People’s Committee said the new bridges will bring new hope for these local districts to alleviate poverty.-VNA