The Nhat Tan Bridge that links downtown Hanoi with Noi Bai International Airport will open to traffic on October 10 this year, the 60th anniversary of the capital city's Liberation Day, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The 8.95-km long bridge, which has an investment of 1.3 trillion VND (63.4 million USD), has five A-shaped concrete pylons, representing five gates that enter Hanoi.

The bridge will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam. With a width of 33.2m, the bridge will have four lanes - two for buses and two for cars, trucks and motorbikes. Funding for the project has come from Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the Vietnamese Government.

The bridge, one of seven to span the Red River, will shorten travel time from the city centre to the airport, as well as to industrial zones and urban areas such as North Thang Long-Van Tri, Dong Anh-Co Loa and Gia Lam-Yen Vien.-VNA