After nearly two years of hard work by Finnish and Vietnamese experts, the Rao II Bridge, has been visualised in the landscape of Hai Phong city, a major sea gate of northern Vietnam, since Dec 20, 2012.
The pylon-cable stayed bridge, which is 248m long and 25.5m wide, will open a new phase in the development of the city towards the sea. It will link the adjacent rural areas and rural development centres with the city area of Hai Phong.
This is a part of the city’s wider strategy to reduce poverty in the socio-economic development and urbanisation in accordance with the city’s master plan, a report says.
The Rao II Bridge is another successful cooperation project in the field of design and engineering between HaiPhong and Finland.
The bridge also marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Vietnam that is celebrated in 2013, as Ambassador Kimmo Lähdevirta remarked in the inauguration ceremony of the bridge on December 20.
The bridge was designed and supervised by a Finnish- Vietnam consortium of FINNROAD Ltd, WSP Consulting KORTES and TEDI Vietnam.
The main contractor MT Hojgaard A/S and the Finnish manufacturer “Ruukki”, who provided the main steel components for the bridge structure, played crucial roles in building the bridge.
Ambassador Lähdevirta and HaiPhong leaders congratulated the stakeholders and expressed the wish to continue cooperation also in the future.