Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended a ceremony in the southernmost province of Ca Mau on February 7 to inaugurate Nam Can bridge, the last bridge on the Ho Chi Minh Highway.

The bridge covers a length of over 800m and a width of 12m, spanning over the Cua Lon river and linking Nam Can and Ngoc Hien districts.

Built at a cost of nearly 650 billion VND (30.9 million USD), it is a key part of the second phase of the Ho Chi Minh Highway that runs from the northeastern province of Cao Bang to the southernmost Ca Mau province.

On the occasion, an 8.1km stretch starting from Nam Can township to the bridge, accommodating the newly-built Kenh Cai Tat, Sau Nan and Trai Luoi bridges, was technically opened to public.

Slated for completion in the next 10 months, the stretch is designed for a maximum vehicle speed of 80km per hour.

Addressing the event, the PM requested the Ministry of Transport, the Ho Chi Minh highway project’s management board and units concerned quickly conclude the construction of the stretch later this year as scheduled.

He also asked Ca Mau authorities to optimise the use of capital inflows into infrastructure, which is one of the strategic breakthroughs on its way forward.-VNA