The Ministry of Transport is striving to complete the construction of 186 suspension bridges in 28 mountainous provinces in the northern, central and Central Highlands regions as early as in the second quarter of 2015.

As part of the project, four bridges are being constructed in the northern provinces of Yen Bai, Bac Can and Ha Nam and central Nghe An province.

Outlined by the ministry, the scheme aims to help improve living conditions for inhabitants in mountainous and remote areas of the country and mitigate the risks of traffic accidents, especially during the flood season.

The plan is also to deal with the fact that 40 percent of all the suspension bridges across the country are in need of urgent repairs or reconstruction, according to the ministry.

Figures from the ministry indicate that there are about 1,950 suspension bridges in Vietnam. About 810 operational bridges - roughly 40 percent - have shown signs of erosion and rust. Up to 94 percent of them are located on roads connecting villages and communes.-VNA