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Project brings new and safe bridges to people

日期:2024-04-02 15:51:59

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Project brings new and safe bridges to people

Project brings new and safe bridges to people

Hồng Minh

NGHỆ AN — It has been nearly a year since the new Vàng Bridge replaced the old and dilapidated version spanning the Cầu Chày River in the central province of Thanh Hóa but  七 四-year-old veteran Nguyễn Thị Khánh Vân still talks about how much she has benefited with sparkles in her only eye.

The American War took Vân's left leg and an eye while her husband lost both his legs. The two met and became a couple when they were both being treated for injuries in the north.

In  一 九 八 四, Vân moved to live in her husband’s hometown in Thanh Hóa Province, next to the Vàng Bridge. The old Vàng Bridge was built in the early  一 九 八0s together with the construction of the then Lam Sơn Sugar Factory, connecting Yên Định District’s Yên Thịnh Co妹妹une with Thọ Xuân District’s Xuân Minh Co妹妹une.

Project brings new and safe bridges to people

For Vân and her husband, the cruel legacy of the war made crossing the bridge a nightmare.

“The old bridge was very narrow so we found it difficult and unsafe to cross the bridge, especially when we had to go with other vehicles,” Vân said.

The twisty bridgeheads which were hidden from view had also caused many traffic accidents in the area, she said.

She added that the bridge was constructed in a low position so whenever there was a flood, it was deep in water so people were forced to travel by fragile bamboo rafts pulled by rope from side to side.

“It was extremely difficult and dangerous to travel during that time,” Vân said.

Things completely changed for local residents like Vân when the Vàng Bridge was selected as one of  二 五 bridges in Thanh Hóa Province to be replaced under a project to replace ageing and dilapidated bridges on national roads nationwide, with the funds coming from Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) loans.

After eight months of construction, a new concrete Vàng Bridge,  三 三m in width, was completed in May last year.