01 Jun 11
ADB and Australian support opens way for Mekong bridge construction
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$26 million technical assistance grant financed by the government of Australia to support the Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project.
The project will prepare detailed designs and implementation support for the construction of two major cable-stayed bridges and a 25 km road connecting the structures. Each bridge is 2km long, with a six-lane roadway 40m above the Mekong River.
The TA is part of Australia’s commitment to provide a US$171 million grant to the government of Vietnam for the project. Australia’s grant contribution will help finance the engineering, design and construction supervision of the project, as well as provide a major contribution to the cost of building the Cao Lahn Bridge across the Mekong River in Dong Thap province.