RoK-funded upgrades to dilapidated bridges to begin soon hinh anh 1Workers at a bridge construction site (Photo: VNA)

Six downgraded bridges will get a facelift in the near future with concessional loans of the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Government, according to the Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit No 2 (PMU 2).

The facilities include Ben Moi bridge in northern Nam Dinh province, Doan Hung bridge in northern Phu Tho province, Da Phuc bridge in Hanoi, Xom Bong bridge in central Khanh Hoa province, and Song Truong and Nuoc Oa bridges in central Quang Nam province.

They will be upgraded at a total cost of some 60 million USD.

The PMU 2 said it will complete verification dossiers on the bridges within this October as the RoK side said it will provide 60 million USD in fiscal year 2015 after the dossiers are finalised.

The aforementioned facilities are among 22 big bridges to benefit from a RoK Government-funded project that provides credits for the upgrade of fragile bridges and structures on national roads in Vietnam.

The PMU 2 is striving to complete verification dossiers on the remaining bridges by December 31 this year so that they could be among the RoK-bankrolled projects in fiscal year 2016.

The Ministry of Transport estimates that upgrades to the 22 target bridges will be funded with roughly 100 million USD by the RoK Government and a corresponding sum of nearly 640 billion VND (about 30 million USD) by the Vietnamese Government.-VNA