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Hai Phong (VNA) – The construction of a bridge spanning Hoa River and linking the northern port city of Hai Phong to neighbouring Thai Binh province began on May 9.

The 254.1m-long and 12m-wide bridge will be built at a cost of over 185 billion VND (7.9 million USD), of which 182 billion VND are sourced from Hai Phong’s budget and the remaining from Thai Binh’s.

The project is expected to be put into use in late 2019, shortening the distance between Hai Phong and Thai Binh’s coastal area by more than 30km and easing traffic pressure on national highway 10.

In the first year of operation, it is forecast to serve 300 vehicles per day. The number of vehicles is likely increase to over 1,000, thanks largely to the opening of a Lavifood vegetable and fruit processing plant in Tien Lang district, Hai Phong, in 2020.

The plant will turn the area into a farm produce processing hub of the northern coastal region, consisting of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, and Ninh Binh.-VNA