The My Thuan Bridge, located in the Mekong Delta region of southern
Vietnam, was completed in May 2000. Built with Australian
assistance, the My Thuan Bridge represents an architectural
expression of the friendship and co-operation between the peoples
and governments of Vietnam and Australia.
Studies indicate that the bridge will be a major catalyst for an
improvement in living conditions for Vietnamese people living in
the delta region and also throughout the country.
The 4,500 kilometre long Mekong River is the tenth longest river in
the world, flowing through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
from its source region in Tibet to its mouth in Vietnam where it
flows into the South China Sea (see figure 2). There are main two
branches of the Mekong River in Vietnam, the Tien Giang and the Hau
The Tien Giang is the main branch of the Mekong River as it
flows through Vietnam and it is an international shipping channel
used by vessels moving to and from Cambodia.
Australian companies, with support from Vietnamese enterprises,
prepared the feasibility study for the project, undertook detailed
engineering design for the bridge, acted as lead contractors for
construction, and supervised construction performance. Vietnamese
companies undertook 45 percent of the construction of the bridge
National Highway 1, south of Ho Chi Minh City, is the principal
road link to the Mekong Delta, with roads diverging to the south,
southeast and west of the Mekong Delta from the southern banks of
the Tien Giang. The My Thuan Bridge is thus a critical link in the
road network in southern Vietnam.