Hung Ha bridge, expressway connection road opened to traffic in northern Vietnam By Le Anh Hung Ha bridge, crossing the Red River, connects the northern provinces of Hung Yen and Ha Nam – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT HCMC – The Ministry of Transport on January 26 opened to traffic Hung Ha bridge and a road connecting the Hanoi-Haiphong and Cau Gie-Ninh Binh expressways in northern Vietnam. The expressway connection road starts at Ly Thuong Kiet Commune, Yen My District, Hung Yen Province and ends at Liem Tuyen Commune, Thanh Liem District in Ha Nam Province. With a total length of 47 kilometers, the road has four lanes for autos and two lanes for other vehicles, with a maximum permissible speed of 80 kilometers per hour. Meanwhile, Hung Ha bridge, linking the Red River Delta provinces of Hung Yen and Ha Nam, is 2.1 kilometers long, alongside two approach roads with a total length of four kilometers. The bridge project was invested over VND2.9 trillion (equivalent to US$127 million), with nearly VND2.5 trillion coming from South Korea’s Economic Development Co-operation Fund and the rest backed by the Vietnamese government. The bridge and the expressway connection road are expected to improve the operation efficiency of the two expressways, and reduce traffic pressure on Hanoi while encouraging the socioeconomic growth of Hung Yen and Ha Nam provicnes in particular, and the northern key economic zone as a whole.