Over 450 billion VND for Nhu Nguyet bridge on Hanoi-Bac Giang expressway hinh anh 1On Hanoi - Bac Giang expressway (Photo: VNA)

Bac Giang (VNA) - In order to deal with traffic congestion, mitigate accidents, and improve the capacity of tapping Hanoi – Bac Giang – Lang Son expressway, contributing to drawing more capital to Bac Giang’s industrial parks and socio-economic development, the provincial People’s Council recently issued a resolution on the policy of investment in Nhu Nguyet bridge in the province.

Accordingly, Bac Giang will build Nhu Nguyet bridge across the Cau River, which is located next to the current bridge downstream. The length of the bridge and the road on its both sides is expected to stretch as far as about 1,240 metres. Its starting point is at Km 131+580 in Quang Chau commune, Viet Yen district while the end point is at Km 132+820 on National Highway 1 in Dap Cau ward, Bac Ninh city. The land area for use is about 0.96 ha, including around 0.78 ha in Bac Giang and some 0.18 ha in Bac Ninh.

Investment will be put on reinforced concrete and prestressed reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge will be roughly 445 metres long and 16 metres wide. The road section at both ends of the bridge has a total length of about 800 metres. Therefore, Nhu Nguyet bridge will be expanded from two to four lanes, and has a total width of 33 metres. The total cost of the project will be more than 456 billion VND sourced from local budget.

The project will be carried out during 2022-2024 by the management board of the provincial transport and agriculture projects, with preparations from 2021-2022 and implementation from 2022-2024.

Earlier on October 18, the Prime Minister issued the document No.1390/TTg-CN approving Bac Giang’s investment on expanding Nhu Nguyet bridge using the local budget.

Nhu Nguyet is a road bridge across Cau River, lying on the Hanoi - Bac Giang - Lang Son expressway linking Bac Ninh with Bac Giang province. However, on this route, there are still two positions at Xuong Giang bridge and Nhu Nguyet bridge (Bac Giang) which are being narrowed in size.

At present, traffic density on Hanoi – Bac Giang route has kept increasing. Those around Xuong Giang and Nhu Nguyet bridges have become traffic bottlenecks, directly affecting traffic safety, especially investment environment in Bac Giang.

Authorities of the northern province of Bac Giang have set a target to develop 20 urban areas by 2025, and due attention will be paid to infrastructure development.

Since 2016, the province has mobilised dozens of trillions of Vietnamese dong for urban development programmes.

The province’s Bac Giang city will build its urban development plan until 2035, vision to 2050 and complete its infrastructure network to meet standards for Class-1 urban area.

From now to 2025, the city will step up the construction of some urban residential areas as well as transportation projects.

It is to attract investment in new housing areas and apartments and improving quality of existing ones along with public services and malls.

Meanwhile, the province will issue urban development mechanisms and policies to attract investment in the field and work to enhance urban management capacity.

Bac Giang’s urban population had neared 400,000 as of the end of 2020, or 21.7 percent. It currently has 16 urban areas.

It implemented 47 urban and urban service development projects with total investment of over 13.59 trillion VND (589 million USD), along with 14 housing development projects with total investment of more than 8.45 trillion VND.

Of note, investment in water and transportation infrastructure exceeded 33.5 trillion VND.

Bac Giang is among the first localities to build a provincial development master plan, which serves as the foundation for its future socio-economic development, including urban expansion./.