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Binh Bridge (Vietnam)

Hai Phong is a port city located about 100 km southeast of the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. With a population of approximately 1.7 million, it is the third largest city in Vietnam. Before the Binh Bridge, the city was divided in two by the Cam River, which runs east-west through the city, and all traffic crossed the river on ferries. The Binh Bridge built at the city center was intended to enhance the city's transportation network and improve shipping efficiency. The graceful, well-proportioned bridge is a 17-span composite cable-stayed bridge with two main towers rising 77 meters. The bridge is likely to significantly improve transportation in this area, accelerating the relatively slow pace of development in the northern part of the city and facilitating shipping and employment in surrounding areas.

Binh Bridge
Year completed: 2005
Structure: Cable-stayed bridge
Length: 1,280 m
Effective width: 22.5 m

Staff Comments

While we encountered various obstacles during construction, we continued to move forward by thinking together and working as partners with the local staff. We were so moved after pouring the last of the concrete into the molds for one of the main towers that we stopped to take a group picture of everyone standing together at the top of the tower. I am grateful that we were able to work so well together toward a common goal, despite being born and raised in different countries, and that construction was completed with no accidents or injuries. I find it deeply moving to hear that members of the team involved in this project have also been involved in the building of other bridges that have become symbols of Vietnam, including the Bai Chay Bridge. This is for me a clear sign of how the skills gained with Binh Bridge have continued to bear fruit.

With the completion of this bridge, people who had commuted to and from school or work by ferry can now go about their lives without worrying when the first or last ferry will leave. The bridge also appears to have become a place where the general public, among whom air conditioners remain rare, can cool off in the evening. I have even heard that new stalls and stands have appeared near the main towers of the bridge, where people gather in large numbers. The true value of a bridge lies in how it is used by the community. I find it delightful to hear that the bridge has become a gathering place and recreational zone.

Binh Bridge illuminated at night

Side view

Constructing a main tower using self-climbing formwork

Location of the Binh Bridge

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